The Brightside: Adopt-A-Block Mobile Food Pantry
SALISBURY, Md. – Every Friday, volunteers with Emmanuel Wesleyan’s Adopt-A-Block program serve up smiles and backpacks to Wicomico County children.
In these backpacks, you’ll find a variety of snacks. These treats will help keep these kids fed through the weekend.
Wicomico County has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state. That’s where the Adopt-A-Block’s Mobile Food Pantry comes in.
Mark Thompson with the Adopt-A-Block program said, “After the school feeds them breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. What happens on the weekends to these children?”
The goal of the program is to help decrease the rate of food insecurity in the lives of elementary school children and their families throughout the county.
Every Thursday, volunteers load up over 200 of these backpacks with food. The next day, volunteers pick up the bags, and haul them into vans, heading off to one of their seven participating elementary schools in Wicomico County.
“They’ll meet with the schools and then on Monday they’ll return to pick up the empty backpacks to start the process again,” said Thompson.
But their work doesn’t end here. Every other weekend, volunteers with Adopt-A-Block head out into the community and deliver food to families.
“We go out every second and fourth Saturday of the month delivering door to door food to people.”
On top of that, Adopt-A-Block has their own emergency food pantry and a closet full of clothes that people in need can access at any time.