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741 Lbs. Healthy Food Donated to Food Insecure in Baltimore County

United Way All Access event recognized donors and also collected healthy food drive donations for Baltimore County residents

At All Access 2012, an event meant to thank them for their generosity, United Way of Central Maryland’s Leadership Society donors stepped up beyond their annual gift by contributing 741 pounds of healthy food items to support United Way of Central Maryland’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative.

In celebration of their impact, the All Access event at M&T Bank Stadium was organized to thank United Way of Central Maryland’s (UWCM’s) Leadership Society members and their families – those who donate $1,000 or more annually – with a behind-the-scenes tour of M&T Bank Stadium, photos with Vonta Leach, Ravens’ Cheerleaders, a Kids Zone and much more.

Despite their already very generous investment in the community through annual gifts to UWCM, these individuals and their families showed overwhelming support of the organization’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative by bringing 741 pounds of healthy, non-perishable food items.

“Our Leadership Society donors go above and beyond to lend a hand to our vulnerable neighbors,” said Mark Furst, UWCM President and CEO. “This event represents is a small token of our deep appreciation of their individual and collective impact.”

UWCM works to bring financial stability, good health and self-sufficiency to central Marylanders facing poverty. And, in central Maryland, there are more than 300,000 people who lack consistent access to nutritious, affordable food. UWCM’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative aims to improve the health of low-income central Marylanders by improving access to healthy food – one of life’s most basic human needs.

“Food insecurity is a profound problem in our community,” said Molly Shattuck, founder of Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living and UWCM’s Healthy Food Ambassador. “It's imperative for us to continue coming up with solutions to put healthy, affordable meals on the tables of families who need it. A healthy food drive, like the one we hosted at United Way's All Access 2012 event, is a spirited way of raising the awareness about the healthier options that exist when it comes to feeding our own families and those in need.”

Healthy food donations from All Access 2012 were donated to Community Assistance Network, one of several of UWCM’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative grantees serving Baltimore County.

To organize a healthy food drive in support of UWCM’s Access to healthy Food Initiative, please contact Marly Diallo at 410-547-8000 or marly.diallo@uwcm.org.

UWCM’s All Access 2012 event at M&T Bank Stadium was made possible by several generous sponsors. The event’s title sponsor was MedStar Health, and other event sponsors included Brown Advisory, Coldwell Banker, KCI Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Signal Hill and Domino Sugar.

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