Local businesses help to end food insecurity among Calvert County seniors

Recently, two businesses from Calvert County, Maryland-Gibson State Farm, and The Help Association, made donations to Calvert Meals on Wheels (CMOW). Calvert Meals on Wheels' mission is to help homebound people who have difficulties preparing meals to live more independently by delivering a meal and a smile five days a week. CMOW is a volunteer organization. CMOW was honored to be the first non-profit organization sponsored by Gibson State Farm ® for the April State Farm 2019 Quotes for Good promotion.

In April 2019, for every person CMOW referred to Gibson State Farm and who completed an auto, fire, or life, quote, resulted in a $10 donation to CMOW. This promotion raised $500 for CMOW. The donation was presented by Jackie Gibson and her team. Ms. Gibson said “Gibson State Farm was happy to have CMOW as our first recipient for Quotes for Good. We know that the funds will help the homebound.” CMOW President, Shirl Hendley accepted the donation at the Gibson State Farm Office in Dunkirk, Maryland.

Ms. Hendley said “this donation will be used to fund meals for the homebound and we are grateful to Gibson State Farm for their support. This promotion greatly increased the awareness of the homebound citizens of Calvert County, Maryland.” The Help Association, Incorporated, made a memorial $1,000 donation to CMOW to honor one of their volunteers, Sarah Kidwell, who was also a long-term driver for CMOW.

The HELP Association was founded in 1972 to provide assistance to the needs of the neglected elderly population of Calvert County as well as victims of house fires. Today, the Help Association has over 50 volunteers and has donated over $1 million to organizations in Calvert County. The HELP Association operates a popular thrift store in Owings, Maryland. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the items purchased go towards helping the community.

The HELP Association makes donations to a wide range of organizations including sports teams, community programs involving youth, health, crime prevention, and the Arts. The donation was presented by Norma Houston, President, and Phyllis Fuller. Ms. Houston said, “The Help Association is pleased to support CMOW and its mission of helping the homebound.” The $1000 donation was accepted by Shirl Hendley, President, CMOW. Ms. Hendley said “CMOW is honored to receive this generous donation in memory of Sarah Kidwell. The Help Association and CMOW were well served by having Sarah as a volunteer and she will be missed.”

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