Brendan White, left, and Eric Carlson, both 17 and students… (Submitted photo by Mike…)
Towson area businesses this week launched a two-week food drive to restock the shelves at the food pantry at the Assistance Center of Towson Churches following a slow summer of donations and a period of high need.
"This time of year is always difficult to keep on top of demand," said Cathy Burgess, director of the assistance center. "High unemployment and lean budgets have so many people in the Towson area struggling to keep a roof over their head and food on the table."
Several Towson businesses, including local law firms, building owners, government and financial services firms are collecting nonperishable food through Sept. 30. The drive kicked off on Monday, Sept. 19.
The drive will involve 16 sites. Each participating building serves as a drop-off center and volunteers spread the word to occupants. Volunteers, including high school students fulfilling their service hours, Towson University students and others have joined the effort by making pick-ups for ACTC.
Non-perishable food items can be donated through Sept. 30 at the following locations:
• The Campbell Building, 100 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
• The Royston Building, 102 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
• Court Towers, 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
• The Jefferson Building, 105 W. Chesapeake Ave.
• Baltimore County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave.
• 305 W. Chesapeake Ave.
• 305 Washington Ave.
• 401 Washington Ave.
• PNC Bank Building, 409 Washington Ave.
• Nottingham Centre, 502 Washington Ave.
• Susquehanna Building, 29 W. Susquehanna Ave.
• Towson Hot Bagels, 16 Allegheny Ave.
• Manekin Building, 100 West Road.
• Kenilworth Exchange, 1104 Kenilworth Drive
• Dulaney Center I, 849 Fairmont Ave.
• Dulaney Center II, 901 Dulaney Valley Road.
The Towson office of Charles Schwab is the prime sponsor for the food drive. Any properties that would like to participate are asked to contact LederMark at 443-279-7904.
The Assistance Center of Towson Churches is an ecumenical consortium of 48 congregations providing emergency assistance to people in 21 ZIP codes. The center served 19,700 people last year.
Burgess said the organization also provides financial help to keep people in homes or keep utilities on. For details to help that effort, go to http://www.actconline.info.