A food pantry supported by churches in Odenton, Severn and Gambrills said that it may not be able to provide holiday gift baskets to all of the local needy families that requested one.
Officials from the Christian Assistance Program said there is an immediate need for donations to ensure that families receive a holiday meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Moreover, CAP leaders said the current finances may not allow the pantry to keep up with an increasing number of people seeking food each week. (The CAP food pantry operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Severn United Methodist Church.)
The following is a letter from Charlie Baldridge, President of the Christian Assistance Program.
Dear Fellow CAP Members:
As the holidays draw near, the Christian Assistance Program is being stretched to the limits to try to serve the ever-increasing numbers of needy in our area. We have had record numbers of clients coming to the Food Pantry for food and especially to register for the Holiday Baskets, which contain enough food for a traditional family holiday meal. We have 175 families signed up for Thanksgiving baskets and 175 for Christmas baskets. We usually issue vouchers redeemable for $6.00 for purchase of milk, eggs and juice at Weis Supermarkets with the Holiday food baskets.
After a review of our finances we have determined that we will be unable to issue those vouchers for the holiday baskets and if our numbers keep increasing we may have to suspend issuing those vouchers to our day to day clients.
This is a critical appeal for immediate contributions to enable our CAP Food Pantry to meet the needs of our neighbors. We sincerely appreciate your donations of food to the pantry and hope you keep those vitally needed contributions coming. With funds currently available we will be able to purchase the turkey, canned goods, potatoes, pie and maybe bread for Thanksgiving but without your help CAP will come up short of funds for the Christmas food. If it is at all possible please encourage your church members to prayerfully consider sending a check to:
Christian Assistance Program, Inc.
1239 Murray Rd.
Odenton, MD 21113
In order to know if we should purchase food for the Christmas baskets, we need those contributions prior to Dec. 1, 2012. Thanks so much for sharing this information with your congregation. Please join the staff of the CAP food pantry in asking God to move and unite all of our church members in helping with this critical shortage.
Charlie Baldridge CAP President