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Healthy Food & Book Drives

This morning, Lt. Governor Brown and I kicked off two new initiatives that will strengthen our communities and move Maryland forward.  I wanted to explain what they are and encourage you to participate.

Read Across Maryland Book Drive

March is Read Across Maryland Month. As part of our work to spark a lifelong love of reading in all our children, today we’re launching a community book drive. The books we collect today will help us connect more of our children in need with high-quality reading materials. (Here’s a picture of the books our family is donating)

Together with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Baltimore Reads, we’re collecting books to donate directly to kids in need, and we’re collecting books to fill the beautiful new school libraries that will be renovated through the Library Project

  • There are two ways you can participate:
  • You can donate a book to benefit the Library Project at one of 80 drop-off locations in the Baltimore area, as well as at the State House in Annapolis.
  • Or, you can donate a book that will be given directly to a child in need at one of 20 MVA locations statewide.

What: Statewide Book Drive

When: the Month of March

How: Drop new books off at a Library Project location or MVA

Who: Baltimore Reads, the Weinberg Foundation and You!

Healthy Harvest for the Hungry

We’ve set the goal in Maryland to eliminate childhood hunger by 2015 and we’re making significant progress. Since 2007, average daily participation in the National School Lunch Program has increased by 23 percent and average daily participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased by 27 percent. But far too many of Maryland’s children and families remain food deficient.

That’s why we’re joining together for the 26th annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive. It’s an easy way to give back to our communities and provide our neighbors in need with healthy, nutritious food. In our State, there’s no such thing as a spare Marylander and I hope you’ll participate.

What: Healthy Harvest for the Hungry

When: March 3-March10

How: You can participate in three different ways.

  • Leave donated healthy food items by your mailbox. Your postal carrier will pick them up.
  • Drop off food donations at one of 20 local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices.
  • Purchase $10 discounted bags of healthy food at any Safeway store and leave it in the donation box there.
  • For more information and a list of suggested healthy food items to donate, please visit

Who: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the United States Postal Service, Safeway, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, WBAL-TV, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, the United Way of Central Maryland’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative and You!

Thank you in advance for your help.

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