PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — Editor's note: The video attached to the article is from April 2019.
With the cost of food rising, and gas prices continues to soar, many families are worried about where they will get their next meal. Prince George's County leaders wants to help reduce the burden for those families in need.
Residents in Prince George's County can now get a box filled with groceries and food for free at several local churches and schools in the county through the Stand Up and Deliver program. It was created to help families facing challenges or those who may not have enough time or money to buy meals.
After numerous community members inquired where they could find such services, the county decided to create it. The purpose of the program is "to build capacity for community-based organizations and small businesses to address the food insecurity and basic needs of our fellow Prince Georgians."
According to a data collected by the Prince George's County officials, roughly 62% of the county's public school children received free and reduced lunch. The number increased when the pandemic hit, and more than 90,000 residents were laid off from work.
The initiative started on Tuesday, June 14, and will run through the rest of the week. The last day to get a free box will be Saturday, June 18.
Where and when to get the free meal:
Tuesday, June 14
- St Mark the Evangelist, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Wednesday, June 15
- Metropolitan, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6307 Riggs Road, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Friday, June 17
- Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, 2501 Olson Street, Temple Hills, MD 20748
- Beltsville Seventh Day Adventist, 4200 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
- Christian Life Center @ Passion and Compassion, 5671 Tanglewood Drive, Riverdale, MD 20737
- Victory Grace Center at Port Towns Elementary School, 4351 58th Place, Bladensburg, MD 20710
- Ebenezer AME Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
- Faith Temple No. 2 Free Will Baptist Church, 211 Maryland Park Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20747
- Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, 9832 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735
- St. Paul Church, 6419 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Saturday, June 18
- Kingdom Fellowship @ High Point High school, 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705
- First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785
- Community of Hope AME Church, 6417 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
- Ebenezer Church of God, 7550 Buchanan Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784
- Love A.M.E Church @ Capitol Heights Elementary School, 601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
- Maryland Shiloh Apostolic Church, 5021 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748
- United Baptist Church, 7701 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD 20784
Fore more information on the Stand up and Deliver program, volunteer, or sponsorship opportunities, click here.