Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington needs Hunger Buster volunteers to help with preparing and distributing 800 Thanksgiving food baskets, according to an email from volunteer and former executive director Ken Flemmer:
“A few days ago, the POST reported that families with low food security is getting worse not better! Cuts in social benefits and high food prices are key causes. The Capital Area Food Bank confirms that the DMV is not immune. Data confirms that 31% of Montgomery residents, 35% of DC residents, and 45% of Prince Georges residents are food insecure. Nearly 350,000 Montgomery County residents struggle to keep food on the table. Sadly some 100,000 are children! Be a HUNGER BUSTER. Help a family not only cope but prepare a family “feast” this Thanksgiving. Adventist Community Services is preparing to serve 800 Thanksgiving Food Baskets and 600 again in December. Most to families living inside the Beltway. Birds (turkey/chicken) for the baskets are costing about 20% more than 2022! Busting Hunger is more that dollars and cents. It takes many willing hands.”
Currently, volunteers are requested for the following dates and times at Adventist Community Services’ headquarters, located at 501 Sligo Ave. in Silver Spring:
- Sunday, November 19: Morning shift 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., afternoon shift 12-4 p.m.
- Monday, November 20: Distribution from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with help needed for set up and clean up
- Tuesday, November 21: Distribution from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with help needed for set up and clean up
- Wednesday, November 22: Distribution from 9 a.m. to noon
Students needing SSL hours are welcome, and all activity is outdoors — dress accordingly. Interested volunteers are asked to email [email protected].