Community Action Agency needs money to maintain shelter, clinic, soup kitchen
Jan 05, 2013 (The Frederick News-Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Money is needed to keep operations going at a soup kitchen and shelter that served nearly 2,000 poor people in Frederick County last year, according to the Frederick Community Action Agency.
The agency released its annual report for 2012 with details of providing thousands of medical visits, meals, groceries, prescriptions and shelter. Its annual budget is approximately $3.6 million, but donated goods and in-kind services bump up the value to about $4.3 million, according to Mike Spurrier, agency director.
When the agency released its report, it announced a need for about $100,000, which it also did last year at this time. Those funds will help continue the housing assistance, food bank, medical care and prescription programs the agency administers.
About 1,600 patients used some of the five medical programs, according to the agency's annual report.
Almost 100 people, including families and disabled adults, received shelter in the past year, according to the report. On average, the agency's transitional shelter served one person for 100 days.
A transitional housing program allowed eight homeless people to get into permanent residences, according to the report.
On an average night, the soup kitchen fed 100 people. The agency had help from more than 200 volunteers serving meals over the year, the report stated.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs and the agency work together administering a food bank program that served more than 700 households each month, the report stated. Each household received groceries to last three to five days.
Together, the coalition and agency gave away more than 1,000 turkeys at Thanksgiving.
The agency administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program to offer free lunches in neighborhoods with high percentages of people living in poverty. In 2012, the agency reported serving a total of 20,000 lunches at nine locations.
Friends for Neighborhood Progress is collecting donations for the agency. Friends is a tax-exempt, nonprofit sponsor that raises as much as 13 percent of the agency's annual budget.
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