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Food for Tomorrow

FFT Logo  Food for Tomorrow is a student led program designed to raise awareness, food, and money for the Howard County Food Bank. This project is under the supervision of the Community Action Council. 
Many are unaware of the demand for food in Howard County. Some families struggle just to get one meal on the table each day. According to the 2010 Maryland Hunger Solutions report, it is estimated that over 20,000 in Howard County are likely to need food assistance. And the demand for food assistance has continued to grow. This year, the Howard County Food Bank is projected to experience up to a 20 percent increase in use.   The demand for food assistance has continued to Increase.  This year, the Howard County Food Bank is projected to experience up to a 20 percent increase in use.  MKS Ulman cart1 
MKS Bins1  In 2010, the Food for Tomorrow initiative began with two interns, Rodrigo Futema and Dylan Goldberg, under the supervision of Council Member Mary Kay Sigaty. In 2011, the Community Action Council received more than two tons of food and about $15,000 for the Howard County Food Bank through Food for Tomorrow. In addition to raising a large sum of monetary and food donations, Food for Tomorrow was also able to provide Easter dinners for families and purchase fresh produce 200 turkeys for families during Thanksgiving.
In the second of the Food for Tomorrow campaign, the team, led by high school students Makeda Solomon, Swathi Narayan, Christine Kim, Jadon Ramsing, and Adrian Evans, focused its efforts on creating a canned food sculpture for the Youth Art Show in April 2012 at The Mall in Columbia. The project, “Building with Cans” was displayed for two weeks and the team raised more than 5,600 pounds of food and over $7,500 for the Howard County Food Bank.  Sculpture 1 
  Signs 1  This year, the student-led project will focus on community food collections. It is their goal to host two large, events to raise several thousand pounds of food.

The first community-wide food drive, Feed A Family, Fill A Ford, will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Wegmans Columbia (8855 McGaw Road) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

With the gracious support of Wegmans and Apple Ford, volunteers will collect the following items for the Food Bank:

• Meal makers (pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna or chicken, Tuna Helper, rice, beans)
• Baking supplies (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cooking oil)
• Breakfast choices (cereal, peanut butter, jam, granola bars, canned fruit)
• Baby and personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, diapers)


The second community-wide food collection, Fill The Bus, will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Giant Food, Hickory Ridge Village Center from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The focus of the June 2nd collection will include food items for families during the summer months. Look for the Head Start school bus in the parking lot and help our youngest students and their families.

Based on the success of previous drives and collections, the outlook looks promising for the program.
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 HC Fair 

Donations to the Food Bank

The Food Bank accepts donations Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. They are located at 8920 Route 108, Columbia, MD 21045.

Click here for a list of suggested items and instructions.

Please call 410-313-6185 with any questions regarding donations of food or other items.