Hogan Administration Provides Computers and 100,000 Meals to Langston Hughes Community Center
Will Benefit Park Heights Community; Governor Honored With Computer Lab Dedication
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan was today honored by the Langston Hughes Community Business and Resource Center, in the Park Heights community in Baltimore, Md. with the dedication of their new “Governor Larry Hogan Computer Lab.” The governor was joined by Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Steve McAdams, Assistant Secretary for the Department of General Services Jack Howard, Langston Hughes Center President George Mitchell, as well as a number of state and local officials.
The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), through the Federal Surplus Property Division, and with the assistance of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI), provided 50 computers for the creation of the computer lab at the center, as well as 100,000 meals to be distributed in the community as needed. The computer lab will assist underserved individuals in the community by helping to bridge the digital-divide so they may continue to pursue 21st century career and workforce goals.
“This new computer lab will help provide critical access to technology for children, local residents, and community members,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to finding new ways to work together to ensure that our children – and all Marylanders – have access to safe, community-driven environments and the tools and resources they need to learn and to grow. Thank you for this incredible honor.”
The Hogan administration has secured more than $3.4 million dollars in food, school supplies, computers, and other equipment for families, public schools, nonprofit organizations, and local organizations all across the state. In February, the governor announced an interagency partnership to coordinate the acquisition and distribution of approximately 500,000 shelf-stable meal kits, valued at over $2 million, to Marylanders in need.
“The equipment for the computer lab was made possible as a direct result of the outreach efforts made by the state,” said DGS Secretary Ellington Churchill. “The computer lab will be a great resource to the community for years to come.”
The state will continue to provide, when available, federal surplus property, including meals, computer equipment, and school supplies, to organizations, like the Langston Hughes Community and Business Resource Center, that provide assistance on a daily basis to families and children in need across the state.
“Organizations like the Langston Hughes Community, Business, and Resource Center offer valuable services to our communities and we are honored to partner with the Maryland Department of General Services to provide important resources to help them better serve Marylanders,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives “Through Governor Hogan’s leadership, we continue to engage with communities across Maryland, exploring new partnerships and opportunities with the mission of changing Maryland for the better.”