Bags of Plenty food donations about halfway to total for 1995 Organizing groups hope for holiday-week push

November 26, 1996|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

The Bags of Plenty are being filled, but officials say more stuffing is needed this Thanksgiving week.

The annual food drive for Maryland needy has collected almost 100,000 pounds of food, and organizers are "cautiously optimistic" about topping last year's total of 200,000 pounds.

"Our campaign doesn't end until Monday, Dec. 2, so people should continue to bring food to Giant stores and city firehouses; the need is there," said William Ewing, executive director of the Maryland Food Bank, a co-sponsor with the Maryland Food Committee.

"But we're excited about how well people are responding," he added.

The food committee has raised $32,200 in cash and checks toward its goal of $50,000, reported Samantha Davis, campaign and event chairman. The group raised $47,000 last year.

Davis said money is welcome past the committee's Dec. 6 deadline, at the committee, 2521 N. Charles St., 21218.

People also may donate money with their credit cards by calling 366-0600.

Especially sought among donations of nonperishable food are high-protein staples, such as tuna, beef stew and peanut butter.

Food donors stuffed 21,500 pounds of food into two buses in the "Stuff-A-Bus" segment at Perring Parkway and Joppa Road, an increase of 4,500 pounds over the 17,000 pounds last year.

Spurring donations this year has been the revival of marked brown paper bags, not used last year, though donors don't need them to give food.

The food bank, at 241 Franklintown Road in Baltimore, is looking for volunteers to help pack the food, said Karen Webber, special events coordinator. They are asked to call 947-0404.

Workers are especially needed the next three Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 4: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Normal volunteer days are the second Saturday and third Wednesday of each month.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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