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Food Bank to Help Serve Thousands this Thanksgiving

“The holiday season is definitely busier for us. We've seen a significant increase in the demand, so it's not the typical population we think of in the food bank world. What we’re seeing is what used to be the middle class."

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Maryland Food Bank Western Branch is getting ready for the holidays in Hagerstown and will be helping to serve communities throughout Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Garrett counties. 

With nearly 17,000 families in Frederick County alone relying on resources, like the food bank, it’s important more than ever to think about those in the community who could use your support this holiday season.

“The holiday season is definitely busier for us. We've seen a significant increase in the demand, so it's not the typical population we think of in the food bank world. What we’re seeing is what used to be the middle class,” said Matt Thompson, managing director of the Maryland Food Bank Western Branch

Garry Holman is picking up food for N.O.R.M.A.L Inc. to help serve people in Hagerstown this week. He said on Thanksgiving week he’s preparing to serve hundreds of meals to those in need. 

“We deliver, with the help of the food bank, 259,000 lbs. of food out of our location alone. During the holidays we help deliver 300 turkey meals,” said Holman.

To help serve all those meals the food bank said donations from the community to help make ends meet are always appreciated. Students at the Myersville Elementary School plan to collect items for the Middletown Food bank.

“Elementary school students are limited in what they can do, so we have to teach them things they can do. One of those things is taking part in community service projects like this,” said Eddie Hargreaves, Myersville Elementary School counselor.

Officials say $0.91 of every dollar donated to the food bank is put right back into serving the community. The Food Bank says in fiscal year 2013 they served just over two million meals and now they’re on track to serving four million.




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