Press Release – BALTIMORE, MD, June 16, 2020 – Royal Farms and Living Classrooms Foundation worked together yesterday to supply food and beverages to 325 people who live in Perkins Homes, Baltimore’s second-largest public housing community. The effort helped satisfy an ongoing need in a community among the hardest hit by the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grab-and-go distribution was set-up outside of Living Classrooms’ POWER House Community Center (316 S. Caroline Street) and residents were invited to pick-up enough food for themselves and their families.
In addition to nonperishable items, the food and beverage donation from Royal Farms aimed to provide fresh groceries to families in need. Items included cases of whole milk, 1%, and chocolate milk, as well as orange juice, loaves of bread, sliced ham, turkey, American cheese, and containers of yogurt. Also included were boxes of granola bars, nuts, chips, breakfast cakes, and cases of bottled water.
This large scale donation by Royal Farms will supplement the ongoing efforts by Living Classrooms POWER House community center who has been distributing 350 meals daily, since March, to residents in Southeast Baltimore, specifically those residing in the Perkins Homes neighborhood that surrounds the community center. When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, POWER House quickly transitioned their services to support the vital needs of the community who were among those hit hardest by the virus’s ensuing effects.
“It makes me feel good to give back because I’m not just an employee of Living Classrooms, I was born and raised in this community so it’s like giving back to family,” said Colin Jones, Director of POWER House for Living Classrooms.
Living Classrooms POWER House staff members are trusted members of the community and have been providing not just meals but also essential hygiene and cleaning products, masks, and information regarding social distancing. They have been consistently monitoring the changing needs of residents, delivering supplies to those who cannot easily leave the house, loaning laptops to students, and providing connections to work for unemployed adults.
“We are grateful for the generosity of Royal Farms in supporting our effort to work with the Perkins community daily as they navigate this health crisis,” said James Piper Bond, President, and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation.
Royal Farms has previously supported Living Classrooms through its annual Charity Golf Tournament over the past eight years, raising over $700,000 for the organization since 2012.
“We have been privileged to partner with Living Classrooms through our Annual Charity Golf Tournament and are happy to assist in meeting the immediate needs of the community in which we both serve. We are grateful for organizations like Living Classrooms who facilitate positive impact in our local communities,” said Breahna Brown,” PR Rep for Royal Farms.