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Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News of the Eastern Shore April 2016

Apr 13, 2016 02:48PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Don Goodliffe presenting Megan Cook with the $1,000 check from the Rotary Club of St. Michaels. Photo courtesy of The Rotary Club of St. Michaels.

ROTARY CLUB OF ST. MICHAELS GIFTS $1,000 TO CARE PACKS

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels presented Megan Cook of the Care Packs organization with a $1,000 check on Wednesday, November 11th. Currently, Care Packs is producing 350 food bags a month and reaches only a portion of children who would benefit from the added nutrition. “Children are identified as presenting with some level of food insecurity by either hoarding food in their backpacks or visiting the nurse’s office regularly complaining of hunger or headaches,” Cook stated. The children who receive Care Packs are nominated by an agent in the school system that sees consistent signs of food related anxiety. All children who are selected already qualify for Free and Reduced Priced Meals (F.A.R.M). Nearly 44 percent of students in Talbot County qualify for F.A.R.M. and food insecurity is on the rise (a 27 percent increase since 2010). Moreover, 140 homeless students were enrolled in Talbot County Public Schools during the 2015 school year. (Source: Talbot County Public Schools Superintendent’s FY17 Budget Recommendation: FARMS Data, 2016) For more information visit Eescarepacks.org.

MID-SHORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT AND AWARDS LUNCHEON

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves individuals, associations, and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Shore Region. The foundation hosted its report to the community/annual awards luncheon on November 13th. Business leaders, nonprofit executives, and elected officials, gathered at Chesapeake College to celebrate the Mid-Shore community. The foundation was able to provide nearly $3 million in grants and scholarships to 302 charities and 99 mid-shore students in 2015. For more information visit Mscf.org.

CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW STAFF MEMBERS

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. The non-profit Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently welcomed four new members to its staff. Joining the museum are Bob Bright of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, as Campaign Finance Director; Leigh Peek of St. Michaels as Assistant Store Manager; Jillian Ferris of Stevensville as School Programs Manager; and Matthew Engel of Shaftsbury, Vermont, as Shipwright Educator. For more information visit Cbmm.org.

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