CHESTERTOWN — As part of its 40-week campaign marking 40 years of leading the fight against hunger in the state, the Maryland Food Bank has announced more than $130,000 in awards to 20 dedicated network partners through the food bank’s second installment of its Food First: Capacity Building Grants Program.

Among the grant winners is the Kent County Food Pantry, operated out of Christ United Methodist Church in Chestertown.

First unveiled in early April, the Food First Grant Program was created to help Maryland Food Bank’s network partners — food pantries, meal programs, shelters and other community organizations that work with the food bank to support food-insecure Marylanders statewide — strengthen and expand the range of services they provide to those in need, a news release states.

Grants have been awarded to Maryland Food Bank network partners like the Kent County Food Pantry for the purchase of a wide range of equipment, including refrigerators, computer software, cargo vans and shelving, and to support projects aimed at building organizational capacity in an effort to expand their impact in the communities they serve.

The Kent County Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays via the church’s Mill Street entrance. Call the Kent County Food Pantry at 410-778-0550 for more information.

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