The Harvest for the Hungry campaign, involving businesses throughout the Baltimore area, kicked off a campaign this week to collect non-perishable foods through the end of the year for Maryland's needy.
Despite a poor response to this year's Bags of Plenty campaign, which collected less than half its goal of 650,000 pounds of food, Harvest for the Hungry organizers are optimistic that their network of business people will succeed in reaching its goal of $350,000 in food and money.
Larry Adam, who oversees the campaign, said participants include the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, the Anne Arundel Board of Realtors and the Cecil County Board of Realtors.
Employees at Allstate Insurance claims offices in Hunt Valley, Glen Burnie and Columbia also will be collecting food, and the Baltimore Federal Executive Board -- which includes representatives of such agencies as the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration -- is asking employees to bring in canned foods.
"I believe Christmas is 350 days a year," Mr. Adams said. "Hunger takes no holiday and it's important that we do something about it."
The United Steelworkers Local 2609 has offered its support and parked a 40-foot tractor-trailer in the 5500 block of Dundalk Avenue, where they are accepting donations.
Five free concerts featuring the U.S. Army Field Band will take place during the campaign.
The first two concerts are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in the Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned goods. Although admission is free, reservations are required. They can be made by calling Mr. Adams at 547-7025.
How to help
Non-perishable food donations can be taken to any Realtor's office, or contributors can call the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors at 462-2500 to have their food donations picked up.