Thanks to our donors, more than 3,600 local families in need enjoyed a special Thanksgiving meal this year – and the priceless memories that go along with it. Families received a full turkey dinner for six with all the fixings – something that many of them would not otherwise have without Harvest of Plenty.
Betsy and her family were grateful to have received a meal this year. She and her two kids talked excitedly about their holiday plans as they picked up their Thanksgiving basket. Betsy also cares for her three grandchildren. She said that food stamps are not enough to buy a Thanksgiving meal, and every little bit helps.
See photos of families receiving Thanksgiving meals.
Harvest of Plenty is part of our Access to Healthy Food Initiative and coordinated by 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland.
Want to give back this holiday season? Visit our Hope for the Holidays page to find opportunities near you.
John and Bridget, a low-income couple, were caring for their nephew and constantly worried about running out of food. Due to disabilities, both were unemployed and this year was exceptionally hard. Bridget suffers from multiple sclerosis and had a stroke. On top of that, John was on dialysis. Their medical bills made it nearly impossible to make ends meet. John and Bridget were not expecting to have a Thanksgiving meal this year. But after hearing about United Way of Central Maryland’s Harvest of Plenty meal program, they called 2-1-1 and found out they would be able to enjoy a full turkey dinner together. Bridget said she felt the program was a true blessing.
Your can give Thanksgiving to a family in need for just $15 through Harvest of Plenty by visiting www.uwcm.org/thankful. To learn more about 2-1-1, click here.
If you are in need of help and don't know where to turn, please dial 2-1-1 from any phone or call 1-800-492-0618.
Nicole Williams of First Financial Federal Credit Union (FCU) has passion. And luckily for United Way, she uses that passion to change the odds for families facing poverty in our region.
Since 2002, Nicole has thrived in her role as United Way campaign coordinator and especially enjoys motivating her co-workers to make every campaign better than the last. Last year, First Financial FCU was able to reach 100 percent participation in their campaign.
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