End Hunger event feeds 591 families

by Aug 29, 2012

The need is way more than ever planned or realized

More than 54,000 pounds of food distributed

By AMANDA HARRISON, Staff Writer

End Hunger in Calvert County distributed 54,000 pounds of food to 591 families Saturday during its Food Stock 2012 event.
It was expected that 50,000 pounds of food would be handed out to county residents in three hours, but Jackie Hahn, the director of communications at End Hunger in Calvert County, said 54,000 pounds were distributed in two hours.
“We had to turn about 20 to 30 cars away,” she explained. The line of cars began “before we were even setting up.”
“They were just rolling on in,” she said, adding that the line wrapped around the warehouse in Hallowing Point and out to the road.
“I can’t believe it was over by 11 a.m.,” Hahn said.
The first car in line, Hahn said, was there at 7 a.m. and the woman told Hahn she has “seven grandkids at home that I need to feed.”
Hahn said 591 families, or more than 1,700 individuals, received about 35 pounds of fresh produce, 25 to 30 pounds of dry goods and a 10 pound bag of potatoes.
The food, she said, was from the Farming for Hunger Farm and the Maryland Food Bank.
“The need is way more than ever planned or realized,” she said.
Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Evan Slaughenhoupt (R), Pat Nutter (R) and Susan Shaw (R), along with Calvert County Board of Education President Rose Crunkleton, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) and Del. Mark N. Fisher (R-Calvert) were in attendance to distribute food.
“They were all just blown away at the need,” Hahn said.
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