The sixth annual Bags of Plenty campaign, a food and cash drive held every holiday season, starts today.
The Maryland Food Committee, which conducts the campaign, hopes to gather 425,000 pounds of food and raise $150,000 in donations by Dec. 14, a slight increase over the 408,000 pounds and $135,000 collected last year.
Today, a paper bag has been included in every edition of The Evening Sun and The Sun distributed in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The bags can be filled with non-perishable food items, such as canned meats and vegetables, and dropped off at city fire stations, Giant Food Stores and Provident Bank branches.
But the bag doesn't have to be an "official" one. Any bag of non-perishable goods is welcome. Meanwhile, checks payable to Bags of Plenty may be mailed to P.O. Box 23709, Baltimore, Md. 21203.
The food collected will be used to help families over the holidays and throughout the winter. The money will be distributed to soup kitchens and food pantries throughout Maryland, as well as programs that help fight the cycle of poverty.
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke announced this year's campaign yesterday at the Giant store in the 4600 block of Wilkens Ave.