No Hunger for the Holidays

We’re coming up on National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) (November 11-19, 2017) so it’s time to talk TURKEY!  HHAW, held the week before Thanksgiving, is a national social movement to get us all thinking about what we’re thankful for, share compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness.

What can be done to help out in our local community?  Well, there’s already a lot going on in Talbot County!  Local churches and shelters have stepped up this holiday season to help those in need such as:

  • Neighborhood Service Center – sign-ups for Thanksgiving baskets have begun! Stop in Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm to sign-up; pick up date is Monday, November 20, 2017.  The Knights of Columbus will be partnering with agencies for the second time for the Community Holiday Dinner for shelters. Dinner will be served Friday, November 17th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 607 South Street in Easton from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Shelter residents or those unsheltered wishing to attend should contact the Neighborhood Service Center or Jeanine Beasley at Mid Shore Behavioral Health.
  • Friends Helping Friends serving Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day, starting at 2:00pm in the basement of the Brethren Church. Open to the homeless and those who cannot afford dinner on the holiday.
  • Talbot Interfaith Shelter accepting donations of turkeys and all the fixings, not only for the shelter, but for their six transitional apartment families.
  • Vincent de Paul – will not be open Thanksgiving. However, they are giving out bags of food to clients to prepare.
  • Presbyterian Church – filling Thanksgiving bags for Social Services – an ongoing mission in the church for at least 25 years.
  • Department of Social Serviceswill be distributing ten (10) Thanksgiving baskets to senior citizens in need.
  • Brookletts Place Senior Center – hosting its annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, November 16th at noon.
  • Chesapeake Multicultural Center – has identified 20 families in need during the holidays and is sponsoring a dinner party on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
  • St. Mark’s Church – Mission Committee is collecting food items from its congregation to prepare baskets of complete Thanksgiving meals for residents in St. Mark’s Village, delivered the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Hunger and homelessness don’t discriminate!  Homeless Pocket Resource Guides in English and Spanish are available thanks to the work of the Mid Shore Roundtable on Homelessness, the Local Continuum of Care.  Be sure to visit our Resources page for additional programs and services available in Talbot County as well as information on the Talbot County Hunger Coalition.

Healthy Talbot is thankful for our amazing community partners who always step up to help the citizens of this amazing county!  What are you thankful for this holiday season?

 

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