In less than two days, the MTA will join forces with Dunkin’ Donuts to collect food for the Maryland Food Bank (MFB), the only food bank that serves our entire state. From 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21st at the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station, representatives from the MTA, Dunkin’ Donuts and the MFB will be on site to accept non-perishable food items or monetary donations in exchange for one soul-satisfying donut and the fulfilling feeling that you’ve helped out a friend you just haven’t met yet.
Maybe that friend is one of the 24% of MFB recipients who must choose between food and medical care. Maybe it’s one of the 178,000 kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Or just maybe it’s someone you actually know who’s been knocked off their feet by an economy that doesn’t seem to know which way is up.
Sure, many of us are confronted with “opportunities” to help out the poor and hungry every which way we look these days. Consider this your chance to contribute to the well being of a great organization – and the more than 50,000 Marylanders it serves each week – without having to do anything more than remember to bring a package or two or three of peanut butter, canned meat, pasta, evaporated milk, infant formula, canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, rice or breakfast cereal to the Owings Mills Metro stop that one day.
And while you’re enjoying that sweet donut in return for your generosity, give some props to our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts, too. Their civic spirit continues to amaze us here at MTA, and we thank them for making giving to those in need such a delicious experience.