Tekla hosts food drive competition

Photos courtesy of Hallie Starcher from Lexington Park Baptist Church

Lexington Park, MD - Tekla Research hosted its second annual Food Drive Competition from May 21 through June 1st, in which 10 companies participated, donating food to three different food banks in St. Mary’s County.

Participants in the drive collected any non-perishable items (cans, boxes, bags, etc.) and baby snacks, food, and formula, with an emphasis on nutritional food. Some “crucial items” listed on the food drive’s flier were, peanut butter, jelly, applesauce packs, pasta, and canned meat, among other things.

The competition raised $1, 774 in monetary donations and collected 7, 216 canned and non-perishable food items that will be used to “help feed the local children, families and veterans in need this summer,” stated Tekla Research’s Office Manager Megan Meyers. In the same statement, Meyers also expressed the need for donations in the “warm summer months” adding, “food pantries and parishes see a significant drop in donations” in those months, which is particularly detrimental to local food pantries that “rely on donations year-round.”

The three recipients of the drive’s food and proceeds were Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, First Saints Community Church in Leonardtown and Lexington Park Baptist Church in Lexington Park.

The 10 participating companies were Avian, Don Selvy Enterprises, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Island Creek Associates, Naval Systems Inc., Precise Systems, Rollout Systems, Sierra Management and Technologies and Zenetex.

The food drive competition was capped off by a celebratory cookout for all the donors and volunteers of the participating companies.

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