Our group has been working for fifteen months to raise funds to have nutritious meals prepared for the many hungry residents of our communities by well-loved local family-owned restaurants.
We have distributed 500 meals a week. Those meals disappear in half an hour as families in need claim them. Participating restaurants tell us this project has helped them to survive in the time of COVID and keep workers employed. We provide $10 a meal, so purchasing 100 meals from any given restaurant puts $1000 extra in their coffers. Since April 2020, we have raised over $230,000 and distributed 21,000 meals at 13 distribution sites—churches, apartment complexes, and schools. Most recently, we held an online art sale that raised over $5000.
Sadly, we are running out of money for the months just ahead. We think that we will be able to secure funding from the American Rescue Plan, once those funds trickle down to county and municipal levels. But that process takes time. Meanwhile, we fear that we will not be able to provide meals and support restaurants in the weeks to come. We know that many of you have already given generously to this project. Perhaps others of you have not yet done so, but have considered it. Please consider it now. Your donations can make a huge difference at this time.
Our sponsor, Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization CDC (CKAR) is a non-profit, and deductions made directly to CKAR are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Those of you drawing down required minimum distributions from your IRAs can designate CKAR as the recipient for all or part of that amount, and that donation will be tax-free. $40 provides a nutritious meal to a family of 4, but please give generously, whatever you can. You can be sure that all your donations will directly support our local restaurants and feed families in your own and nearby neighborhoods.
Here are the links to make your donation directly to CKARCDC:
CKAR CDC Website (Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization CDC; Click on Make a Donation. For monthly donations, specify “monthly” in the drop-down box, and write GRC or ROCC in the Comment section)
You can also send a check to Central Kenilworth Avenue CDC, 6801 Kenilworth Ave #203, Riverdale Park, MD 20737.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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