Special Delivery

The produce is rolling in! 5,900 lbs of corn came in from Farming 4 Hunger today. If you our your group is interested in volunteering this harvest season, email us at volunteer@endhungercalvert.org.

Together We Can.

Thank you Dickinson’s Jewelers!

 (Article copied from the Chesapeake Current)
Dickinson’s Jewelers in Prince Frederick and Dunkirk are celebrating their 55th Anniversary with great sales, and also a unique food drive. Owners Claude and Kathy Dickinson say all non-perishable food items collected throughout their entire sale period will be donated to End Hunger in Calvert County.“We are blessed to live and work in a wonderful community. Helping our neighbors is clearly important and I am astounded by the amount of food that has already been donated. Our customers are amazing and the contest is a great way to thank those who participate,” Claude Dickinson says. He believes the food drive is a fun way to gather food for families in need throughout the community.Everyone who brings canned food to the store in return will receive “Diamond Point Certificates.” These certificates are part of a contest in which 12 prizes (six per store) with a total value of $10,000 will be awarded to the top six participants in each store who collect the most Diamond Points.

For each canned item donated, the participant will receive 200 Diamond Points. An extra 200 bonus points will be given for each canned fish or meat donated since these items are in greater need at the food pantry.

Prizes to be awarded include diamond necklaces, Alwand Vahan designer bracelets, diamond watches, iPads, designer handbags and a 32’’ flat screen LG TV.

Dickinson Jewelers opened its doors in 1957 in Anacostia under the ownership of Dickinson’s father, Claude Dickinson, Jr. The store moved to Coral Hills, MD and then in 1967, opened in Clinton. In 1988, Claude and Kathy joined Dickinson’s father full-time and together they opened a Dunkirk location in 1992. In 2005 they added the store in Prince Frederick, first in the Fox Run Shopping Center and then in 2007, moved to the Prince Frederick Market Place where they currently operate one of their stores. In 2007, as part of a celebration for their 50th anniversary, Dickinson Jewelers expanded their Dunkirk location in the Dunkirk Market Place. Claude and Kathy’s son, Avery Dickinson, currently works in the store, representing the third generation to join the family business.

Canned food donations are being accepted at both Dickinson Jewelers locations at 10286 Soouthern Maryland Blvd (next to Safeway in Dunkirk) and 916 Costley Way (near Nick’s of Calvert in Prince Frederick) during regular store hours, Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No purchase is necessary to participate in the contest and the prizes are on display in each location.

Summer Concert

End Hunger In Calvert County was chosen as a beneficiary charity for the 2012 Southern Maryland Sun & Music Festival. The festival will be held this weekend, July 14 12p -8p and July 15 12p -6p at the Calvert County Fairgrounds. For ticket information and to see this years line up visit their website. We will have a booth so make sure to come say hello!

PNC joins End Hunger

by: Katie Fitzpatrick of the Calvert Recorder

Representatives from PNC helped individuals and families with low to moderate income file their federal and state taxes Wednesday morning at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown as part of the Calvert Cash tax program.

Jacqueline Hahn, director of communications for End Hunger, said this is the third year the program has been in Calvert County, which was made possible by a Rural Families Grant.

Scot Ebron, PNC marketing executive for Southern Maryland, said he and other PNC representatives were helping people with low to moderate income prepare their federal and state income taxes for free. Ebron said one of the main goals of Wednesday’s program was to help people get their taxes done while teaching them how to do their taxes on their own.

Additionally, PNC has second-chance checking, which allows people who may have been previously denied bank accounts to have a PNC checking account for free. Participants also are given a free IRS debit card, which allows them to make withdrawals from their checking account for free, Ebron said, and also are allowed to cash their checks for free at PNC.

Mary LaBorie, life skills director for End Hunger, said the first year, the program “started slow,” but over the last two years, she has seen an increase in clients. This year was the most successful year, she said, with the “greatest number of clients,” including returning clients, participating in the program.

Next year, LaBorie hopes that more people will take advantage of the free services PNC representatives are offering and not pay “a ton of money” to file their taxes, she said.

“We hope we’ll have more clients to trust us to help them with their taxes next year and more community involvement,” LaBoire said.

Robin Brungard, director of programming for End Hunger, said PNC has been a “great partner” with which to work.

“PNC has been a partner from the beginning [of the program] and they do make a difference in this community,” Brungard said. “It’s bankers at their best.”


Wellness Wednesday

Just down the hall from Calvert Cash Tax Clinic is Wellness Wednesday. Here food pantry clients are learning healthy cooking techniques and will take home a bag of food to prepare!

The group meets every Wednesday and each week brings in a different guest speaker. Last week the attendees learned about diabetes and high blood pressure and how to prevent them. For more information, email us at info@endhungercalvert.org

PNC & Calvert Cash

Corporate Directors and Managers of PNC Southern Maryland Region were on site today for our Calvert Cash tax clinic. THe members of PNC served as tax coaches and worked hands on with low income residents to file their taxes completely free.

PNC is a vital partner for Calvert Cash. They provide FREE Second Chance Checking to tax clinic clients that helps them cash their refunds and begin managing a bank account!

We are so grateful for their partnership and it was a real treat having them on campus!

Thank you – Shop to End Hunger

Thank you to everyone who Shopped for End Hunger last week at Dunkirk Safeway to help stock the shelves! Together We Can.

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