Rainbow Community Development Center (RCDC) News
March 15 officially launches the Make Your Mark on Hunger Campaign. What will you do to end hunger?
We have a core team of 12 devoted volunteers who serve hundreds of households in our Food Pantry every week. They work tirelessly sorting through donations, shelving the nonperishable food items, and storing the perishable items in freezers and refrigerators. Then they joyfully prepare food packages and distribute food and hope to our clients. And when the distribution is over, they ensure the facility is thoroughly cleaned. You can find no greater, more loyal, people committed people to the vision and mission than those at RCDC. The word on the street is that Rainbow is the pantry of choice!
Welcome to our new Board of Director members! Norma Clements, Stephanie Parson, Ph.D., and Yinka Ogunsunlade, Esq. Norma is a retired Research Microbiologist and a passionate, long- time supporter and compassionate volunteer. Dr. Parson brings a wealth of experience as a business strategist, technologist, executive coach, author, speaker, facilitator, trainer, entrepreneur, federal contractor, and military officer. Yinka compliments the team with his legal prowess and contract expertise, as well as his heart of compassion.
In February 2017, we started a new program working with Kennedy High School special needs students to allow them to acquire SSL hours and job skills that they can use to become self-sufficient, independent adults. In March, we started a new partnership with Calverton Elementary School where we share with the students and parents about the services we provide and career opportunities. The school partners in our fundraising efforts. We are so very proud of students who have compassion for the hungry in our communities.
Thanks to our partnership with growingSoul, Manna Food Center and Passion and Compassion, we share about 20,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food with eleven other hunger-fighting agencies monthly that allow them to serve hundreds of households. Your donations go further into the surrounding communities to help those in need. We launched new partnerships with the following groups in 2016:
- growingSoul (Provides fresh produce donations)
- Heritage House (Food Pantry)
- Jezreel Baptist Church (Food Pantry)
- Liberty Grove United Methodist Church (day shelter feeds 100 men during winter months)
- Purity Baptist Church (Food Pantry)
We were awarded a grant from the Montgomery County Council for our Safety Net Services Program in 2016 that allows us to assist in the prevention of evictions and utility cutoffs. We also were awarded a MEFP grant through DHR for food purchases for the Food Pantry. Thanks to a grant awarded through the Community Food Rescue Project for Montgomery County we were able to have a liftgate added to our truck, which made the work of loading and unloading the truck so much easier.
Leadership Montgomery and ShopRite employees partnered with us in July 2016 in extreme heat to distribute food, clothing, diapers, personal hygiene items to families in need. Special thanks to Montgomery County for providing the reusable grocery bags.
We are in our A $Dollar Makes A Difference Campaign until the end of March. Donors are asked to give $1 and get 10 other friends to do the same and ask those friends to get 10 friends to donate as well. Please see our flyer on the Events tab. You can Make Your Mark on Hunger by supporting us. You can double your donation. We have a donor who will match the funds received up to $5,000. Just $1 provides 60 pounds of food to a family of 4 that can feed them for a week.
RCDC serves on the Montgomery County Food Recovery Workgroup (created in fall of 2013), a collaborative of nonprofits, government agencies, and private corporations working to recover good, surplus good that might otherwise go to waste. There is an untapped supply of food from caterers, grocery store chains, restaurants, hotels, colleges, schools, hospitals, farms, etc. Rainbow anticipates receiving an additional 40,000 pounds of food annually through this program. We have gained two new partners since this workgroup was implemented: Nourish Now and Women Who Care Ministries; with the potential for more. Nourish Now has been instrumental in providing vegan and organic foods, which has been an untapped resource for our clients with special dietary restrictions. Women Who Care Ministries is invaluable in providing much needed prepared foods for children.
RCDC is a member of the newly formed Montgomery County Food Security Collaborative, led by Burness Communications. This collaborative will reach corporations who share our passion for eradicating hunger in order to secure funding and resources for nonprofit groups working to provide solutions to end hunger. We invite all companies to partner with us in this effort.
On September 15, 2014, we are hosting our first ever Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for our Emergency Safety Net Programs. We want to thank our first sponsor, NOVAD Management Consulting (Bronze level). Become a sponsor today. Register to golf. Let’s keep families and children from having to live on the streets. Help keep families in a safe place while trying to locate a place to stay after eviction. And let’s keep the lights on; it’s important so our kids can complete their homework assignments. Let’s keep them warm in the winter. And yes, let’s feed them nutritious foods.
Rainbow CDC is now on FACEBOOK and on Twitter at #hunger. Join in the conversation to end hunger.