Free Meal

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Food pantry is open on the first Saturday of the month from 9-11am.

410-479-2689
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24 hour Food Pantry Boxes. You may take what you need or donate what you don't anytime.

Located:
St. Luke's UMC at 100 South Fifth Avenue, Denton, MD 21629
New Life Wesleyan Church at 13699 Greensboro Road, Greensboro, MD 21639
Trinity UMC at 302 Church Lane, Goldboro, MD 21636

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The Food Center is open every second and third Thursday from 5pm - 6:30pm which is a discounted shopping program for south Caroline residents (Preston, Harmony, and Federalsburg). All items reduced in price for sales to shoppers. Minimum purchase is $15 per family.

The Clothing Center is open every Thursday from 3 - 6pm. All gently worn clothing items (some are $1 per item) with no minimum purchase or income guidelines required. We accept cash, EBT/SNAP cards, debit and credit cards for payment.

Contact: 
Peter Smith, Pastor
410-754-9333
First Church of God
101 Bloomingdale Avenue
Federalsburg, MD 21632
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St. Paul's United Methodist Church provides a meal to the community. The meal is provided by their soup kitchen and held on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. You can eat in or take your meal with you. All are welcome!

Another location for Breaking Bread -
St. Luke's UMC
100 South 5th Avenue
Denton, MD 21629
A meal is served the 3rd Saturday of each month (September - June) from 11:15am - 12:30pm in the church hall. Take outs are available.

410-482-8170
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Food pantry is open Wednesday night at 7pm, Sunday morning 9:45am - 12:30pm, and Sunday evenings at 7pm. For emergencies call 410-924-6404, food is available anytime the church is open.

410-924-6404
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Runs the Meals on Wheels program, sponsors trips, has congregate meals, games, crafts, presentations, music, and blood pressure screening. Every Monday and Friday they take participants to the bank and shopping. Operates a program called SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) that assists Medicare beneficiaries, including those disabled medicare beneficiaries under age 65. Volunteers accepted. Always in need of drivers for Meals on Wheels program. Wheelchairs are available to be borrowed. Occasionally offers classes on how to use iphones, ipads, and laptops.

Contact: 
Carol Donohue, Senior Center Manager
410-479-2535
403 South Seventh Street
Suite 127
Denton, MD 21629
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If you or someone you know are in need of assistance with food or clothing and live in the 21655 zip code, Crisis Care Ministries can help. We can also assist with your housing search and act as a liaison between you and the landlord. We work with local, state, and federal agencies to provide support. Those in need are required to show proof of residence (utility bill, lease or ID) and should contact either Charles or Melissa Busch at any time.

410-924-0460
5330 Bethlehem Road
Preston, MD 21655
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Provides food to those in need through their food pantry and Food Distribution Day. Food Distribution Days take place on a bi-monthly basis on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Should food be needed prior to the next distribution day, please feel free to contact the church and if food is available through their in-house pantry, they are more than happy to help. Please bring your own grocery bags or reusable bags. The Food Distribution Days are affiliated with the Maryland Food Bank so the only criteria to receive assistance is that you are a Maryland resident.

410-479-9519
8680 Mitchell Road
Denton, MD 21629
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A faith network of ministries, churches, and pastors in South Caroline county. Sponsors the Bountiful Harvest Center (Food Pantry & Clothing) each Thursday, 5-7 PM housed at the First Church of God in Federalsburg. Offers special events including Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Lenten Luncheons, Good Friday Cross Walk, Easter Sunrise Celebration and The Nigh Before National Day of Prayer. Several members are Character Counts coaches at Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Promotes "The Gathering" (a free meal event) at the VFW of Federalsburg on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Association meets August - May on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 8 am, location varies. For a list of churches in the Federalsburg and outlaying area, contact Ray Parsons, Executive Secretary.

Contact: 
Ray Parsons, Executive Secretary
410-754-9958
P.O. Box 235
Federalsburg, MD 21632
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Imagine sitting in a classroom, struggling to pay attention and learn, because you haven't eaten in three days. Unfortunately, this is a reality for 25% of students in Caroline County. These children rarely get a meal except when they're at school. Studies show that children who don't eat over the weekend are not alert enough to learn until Wednesday after they begin receiving meals in school. This means these children are losing half of their time in school to hunger.​ The consequences of childhood hunger are significant:
Approximately 2/3 of these children are at risk for developmental delays.
By the time they are teenagers, these children are twice as likely to have seen a psychiatrist or have been suspended from school.
Children who come to school hungry have lower standardized test scores than low-income children who arrive at school well-fed.
Nationally, less than 5% of children living in poverty are likely to graduate high school.
about the backpack program
In 2015, Caroline County Public Schools launched an initiative to provide children in need with food for the weekend. On Fridays, these children are provided with backpacks filled with food. This puts the food directly into the kids' hands, ensuring they are able to eat over the weekend regardless of their circumstances at home.

CCPS also coordinates a summer food program, distributing free meals to kids 18 and younger throughout the County.

These efforts ensure children arrive at school prepared to learn. Results include improved academic performance and decreased behavioral issues.