Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What Would You Do With $20K?!

I am a big supporter of my local food pantry, Chesapeake Cares.  They are actually the largest food pantry in Southern Maryland.  In the last year they have seen an increase of 79% with over 6,500 individuals depending on their support annually.  Children are their highest percentage served at 40%.  And seniors are a growing segment at 14%.  The fastest growing demographic is the 40-59 year old, married population seeking services for the first time.  Hunger is a real need in our country.  Chesapeake Cares is doing something about it locally.  Already this year, the volunteers have distributed over 700,000 pounds of food.  Can you even imagine?

In addition to groceries, Chesapeake Cares acts as a centralized referral helping families connect with additional support through SNAP, reduced or free school lunches, WIC, and utility assistance.  They also offer life-skill classes on budgeting, earned income credit, healthy eating, and shopping on a budget.  Families are also offered free tax assistance, including learning to prepare their own returns and avoiding predatory financial practices.

All that to tell you that my favorite food pantry, Chesapeake Cares, is a finalist for a $20,000 grant from Wal-Mart!  Isn't that just the coolest thing?!  And you can help ensure they... and their clients... win.  All you have to do is click on this link.  Scroll down to the "search" bar and type in MD.  Hit enter.  Then vote for Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry.

That's all there is to it!  So simple for you but it will mean so much to the families that rely on Chesapeake Cares.  Please take a moment.  You can vote once per day through December 12!

Thanks a bunch!!

And to say thanks I want to share this recipe with you.  I hope you enjoy it!!!!  I sure did!

Egg Crepes with Chia Berry Jam - These were so delicious.  I just love the chia berry jam.  You can use it to fill these super easy crepes or to fill in thumbprint cookies.  Or even on a whole wheat English muffin if you like!  Go get you some!

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