Help feed the hungry this holiday season. The following organizations are seeking donations:
The Church of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy holds a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless on Thursday, Nov. 17, noon-3 p.m. in the church hall.
The St. Anthony Society of St. Leo’s serves its annual Christmas dinner for the homeless on Monday, Dec. 19, noon-3 p.m. in the church hall.
For both events, the ministries gratefully accept donations of desserts, especially assorted pies, as well as monetary donations to help offset the dinner costs. Bring items to the parish office. Mail donation checks to: St. Leo the Great, 227 S. Exeter Street, Little Italy, MD 21202. (Please identify a check donation as “Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner for the Homeless.”)
The Southern District Police Community Relations Council is accepting donations of canned and dry goods to help fill Baskets of Plenty that will be given out to the area’s needy. Bring donations to the Southern District, 10 Cherry Hill Road at any time, or to the SDPCRC Council meeting on Nov. 17 or call 410-354-5169 and arrange for the donations to be picked up.
Many Baltimore-area Giant Food stores are accepting donations for the Ravens Food Drive now through Nov. 20. Contriubute non-perishable food items such as plain oatmeal, sugar-free canned fruit, low-sodium canned vegetables, canned tuna and peanut butter. Can’t get to the store? Go online at the Ravens virtual food drive (www.mdfoodbank.org/ravens), running now through Nov. 21.
The Maryland Food Bank is trying to fill its empty shelves in order to help hungry residents find food. Help by donating items, or by going online and making a donation. $10.50 feeds a hungry person for a whole week. Info: Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd. Baltimore, MD 21227-4551, www.mdfoodbank.org, 410-737-8282.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, 110 E. West St., is open to receive donations of non-perishable food items, toiletires (travel size or full size, new blankets (any size) and monetary donations, from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or by appointment by calling 410-752-1336.Canton Baptist Church, 3302 Toone St., is trying to keep the shelves of its food pantry full. To donate, call 410-563-1177 or stop by the church. Canned vegetables, fruit and meats, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, bread, crackers, pasta sauce, condensed, evaporated and powdered milk, bottled water and juices are all needed and welcome, as are cash and checks.
Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a food pantry to held families in the community. Those in need, or those wishing to donate food, call: 410-288-5136, Michael Fiorenza 410-633-3696.