Bags of Plenty tops '97 collection for Baltimore area

December 10, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Bags of Plenty has ended its 1998 Baltimore-area drive with 210,550 pounds of donated food for the needy, 5 percent more than last year's regional collection of 199,000 pounds.

Bill Ewing, executive director of Maryland Food Bank, said nonperishable food from elsewhere in Maryland is coming in, and the statewide total will likely reach 300,000 pounds, surpassing last year's collection.

The Maryland Food Committee arm of the Center for Poverty Solutions reports that, with its campaign for cash nearly over, it has raised $17,240, compared with $47,657 in 1997. Donors may send checks to Bags of Plenty, P.O. Box 22831, Baltimore 21203.

The food bank, at 241 N. Franklintown Road, distributes up to 11 million pounds of food annually to soup kitchens and emergency shelters.

Pub Date: 12/10/98

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