Is your organization looking for a practical way to help families in need this season? Here at British American Auto Care, we are collecting non-perishable items and monetary donations for the Howard County Food Bank (HCFB), from October 1st through November 11th, 2011.
In fiscal year 2009, the HCFB provided 104,161 pounds of food, infant care, and personal care items to 3,683 individuals. In 2010, the figures were 150,451 pounds and 5,392 individuals. Both categories have grown over 40% in just one year! We hope you will join us this year in helping to make things better for families going through tough times.
Items you can donate include food, infant care items, and personal care items. The full list is posted at the entrance to British American Auto Care, but here’s a partial list:
- Soups (canned/cup of noodles/ramen noodles)
- Microwaveable meals
- Dry pasta/rice/flour/beans/lentils
- Canned or jarred sauces/gravies/chili
- Tea/hot chocolate
- Canned tuna/chicken
- Hot and cold cereals
- Cooking oils
- Cake/cookie mixes and icing
- Baby/toddler food
- Infant formula
- Aluminum foil/plastic wrap
- Re-sealable bags (various sizes)
And don’t forget about upcoming holiday foods!
For tax-deductible monetary donations, checks can be made out to: Community Action Council of Howard County. Write “food bank” on the memo line, and our office can take your donation.
If your family is a family in need, assistance is available through the Howard County Community Action Council. You can find information on assistance for housing, food, energy, and other services at: http://cac-hc.org/CAC/CAC_Services.htm
There are various food pantries in Howard County (see http://www.cac-hc.org/CAC/CAC_helpfood.htm and click on the “food pantries” link). The primary location is:
Howard County Food Bank
8920 Route 108, Suite A
Columbia, MD 21045
If you would like to drop your donations off directly at the HCFB, they take donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.. Their distribution hours are: Mondays 1 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays 1 – 4 p.m., and Thursdays 1 – 4 p.m.
To drop off food with at British American Auto, we are open are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. till 6 p.m. And, we will be open Columbus Day (10/10) and Veterans’ Day (11/11).
If you are interested in volunteering for the food bank, you can contact Howard County CAC. You can reach them at 410-313-6440 or you can e-mail Melinda Spivey at firstname.lastname@example.org.