Some people in Carroll County are still going hungry, despite food banks and soup kitchens, says an active volunteer.
So Gay McCormick is one of a small group hoping to draw residents to an organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. today to form the Carroll County Coalition to End Hunger.
The gathering will be in the ground-floor meeting room of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., at 10 Distillery Drive in Westminster.
Ms. McCormick and the Rev. Mark Lancaster, chaplain at Western Maryland College, are among the organizers of the local coalition. Other groups are forming statewide, as part of the Maryland Coalition to End Hunger, affiliated with the Maryland Food Committee.
Several letters have gone out to area volunteers and officials, Ms. McCormick said. The letter invites them to be part of the coalition, which will lobby on issues such as hunger, homelessness and poverty.
Despite the food bank operated by Carroll County Food Sunday, and soup kitchens sponsored by churches involved in Loaves and Fishes, some gaps still exist, Ms. McCormick said.
"We're not going to do what existing programs do, and there still is hunger and there still is poverty," Ms. McCormick said. "We know what Food Sunday does, but that doesn't take care of everybody. Specifically, there are gaps, and I know that from working with one of the soup kitchens."
Ms. McCormick, of Ridge Road in Westminster, volunteers with the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen held Thursdays at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Westminster.
She said the coalition that forms tonight may or may not provide direct aid, such as food, depending on what members decide are their specific goals.
"Until we get together and talk in small groups about what issues there are in the county, I don't think we can define the role of the group yet," Ms. McCormick said.