Donations to food banks tend to taper off in the summer, when people go away on vacation. But, hunger doesn't know the difference.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, August 9, 2012
By Linda and Dick Kirschten, project coordinators for the Martin's Additions Food Project Typically, donations to food banks spike in the late fall/early winter, when the holiday season starts in full swing, and—unfortunately—they taper off during the summer, when many folks are away on vacation. But, as the Village of Martin’s Additions in Chevy Chase likes to remind us, “hunger knows no season.” In fact, as The Washington Post reported in late July, the Washington, DC, metropolitan region faces "a growing hunger crisis," as many middle-class families that have never needed emergency assistance now "find themselves at food pantries" seeking supplemental supplies, Lynn Brantley, president and chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank…
This summer, join fellow Chevy Chase residents on a service trip to Haiti, and help build a home for a Haitian family.
The Chevy Chase community's commitment to helping victims of the Haitian earthquake continues, stronger than ever. Town of Somerset resident Lauren Rubenstein, who traveled to Haiti twice in the past year (last summer and this past winter, Patch reported) to teach yoga to some of the kids living in the tent cities, has been working to organize a group of community members to travel to Haiti this July to build a home for a family living in a tent since January 2010. At 4 years old, Michelda has lived in a tent for half of her life, and her baby brother has only known the tent as his home. Rubenstein has been sponsoring Michelda, but a home for Michelda and her family costs $4,000 to build. So, Rubenstein turned to the community for help, …