Yesterday, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced a large-scale feeding operation in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority, Salvation Army, Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles designed to provide 10,000 meals to vulnerable seniors living independently, and across the 145 senior living facilities and residential housing. The new operation will begin on Monday, April 27, and the site will be run by the Salvation Army.
“Taking care of our vulnerable older adult population is always a top priority for this administration,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “I am extremely grateful for the partnership and support from the State, Salvation Army and our home teams, the Orioles and the Ravens. Continued collaboration is how we will ensure all residents of Baltimore have the essential resources needed as we continue to progress through this public health emergency.”
This operation is a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army, Baltimore City’s Department of Aging (The LEAN Campaign) and Department of Transportation with Maryland Access Point and funded in part by a generous $100,000 donation by the Baltimore Ravens. The feeding operation will continue as community needs remain.
“The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to host the operation at the Camden Yards Sports Complex. We are especially delighted by the generosity of both the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles to support the Salvation Army by donating funds, masks and recruiting volunteers,” said Michael Frenz, Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority.
The meals, prepared by The Salvation Army’s food partner Rouge Fine Catering, will include a nutritious cold lunch and a microwavable dinner. The city’s Department of Transportation will provide the drivers of the vehicles and The Salvation Army will provide volunteers to accompany them and deliver two meals, once daily, to previously identified seniors who have been referred through the city’s MAP system. The refrigerated trucks are donated by Perdue Farms and will be used to store meals prior to delivery to ensure freshness and compliance with state and local health department regulations.
The Salvation Army’s feeding operation will be staged at the Camden Yards Sports Complex with site support by the Maryland Stadium Authority and promotional support by both the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles to recruit volunteers by leveraging their platforms and reaching their fans. Baltimore Orioles Manager, Brandon Hyde and General Manager, Mike Elias are donating masks to equip the volunteers.
“During this time of separation and uncertainty, this combined effort enables our community to come together to provide hope and connection to the most vulnerable of our neighbors,” said Major Gene A. Hogg, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland.
The Salvation Army expects the need for 1,000 dedicated community members to volunteer over the lifetime of the operation. This volunteer effort is in compliance with the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020. For more information about volunteering and to register, visit www.sa-md.org/ravens or email Samantha Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.