CAMBRIDGE — MidShore Meals til Monday continues helping to feed almost 500 Dorchester County children every weekend — now from a new space in the Salvation Army facility in Cambridge.
MidShore Meals til Monday, which first used their new base of operations on Thursday, Feb. 13, is a “backpack” program that sends home healthy, nutritious weekend food for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, to supplement food given at home.
MidShore Meals til Monday began and then became a non-profit charity under the sponsorship of the MidShore Community Foundation in 2017. The program grew from originally serving 25 children at Vienna Elementary School, to now serving almost 500 from six public schools in Dorchester.
Founder and director Leslie Bishop said that the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank informed her this week that in two years of working together, Meals til Monday has given away 494,00 pounds of food to pre-K through 12th grade students in Dorchester. Each child receives a minimum of 12 items for each two day weekend and more for any extended time off from school, including cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, fresh fruit and fruit cups, non-perishable whole and chocolate milk, soups, and pudding.
Children also receive a “special treat” with each bag like stickers, a marker or pencil, or small toy. Sometimes hygiene items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss are sent home, and in winter all children are given warm hats and gloves, and sometimes coats.
“We have a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers that pack the meals and take them to the schools,” Bishop said, “but we’re always looking for more help.”
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