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Mayor Young announced new operation designed to provide 10,000 meals to vulnerable seniors

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Posted at 10:50 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 10:50:51-04

BALTIMORE — On Tuesday, Mayor Jack Young announced a new feeding operation that's in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority, Salvation Army, Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles.

This new operation, which will begin on April 27, is designed to provide 10,000 meals to vulnerable seniors living independently and across the 145 senior living facilities and in residential housing.

“Taking care of our vulnerable older adult population is always a top priority for this administration,” said Mayor Young. “I am extremely grateful for the partnership and support from the State, Salvation Army and our home teams, the Orioles and the Ravens. Continued collaboration is how we will ensure all residents of Baltimore have the essential resources needed as we continue to progress through this public health emergency.”

This operation is a collaborative effort with the Salvation Army, Baltimore City’s Department of Aging (The LEAN Campaign) and Department of Transportation, with Maryland Access Point, and is funded, in part, by a generous $100,000 donation by the Baltimore Ravens.

“The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to host the operation at the Camden Yards Sports Complex," said Michael Frenz, Executive Director of the Maryland Stadium Authority. "We are especially delighted by the generosity of both the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles to support the Salvation Army by donating funds, masks and recruiting volunteers."

The meals, which will be prepared by The Salvation Army’s food partner, Rouge Fine Catering, will include a nutritious cold lunch and a microwavable dinner. The city’s Department of Transportation will provide the drivers of the vehicles and The Salvation Army will provide volunteers to accompany them and deliver two meals, once daily, to previously identified seniors, who have been referred through the city’s MAP system.

The refrigerated trucks are donated by Perdue Farms and will be used to store meals prior to delivery to ensure freshness and compliance with state and local health department regulations.

The Maryland Stadium Authority will provide site support, while the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles provide promotional support by recruiting volunteers by leveraging their platforms and reaching out to their fans. Baltimore Orioles Manager, Brandon Hyde and General Manager, Mike Elias are donating masks to equip the volunteers.

“During this time of separation and uncertainty, this combined effort enables our community to come together to provide hope and connection to the most vulnerable of our neighbors,” said Major Gene A. Hogg, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland.

The Salvation Army will need about 1,000 dedicated community members to volunteer throughout the duration of this operation. For more information about volunteering and to register, visit www.sa-md.org/ravens [lnks.gd] or email Samantha Bowman at samantha.bowman@uss.salvationarmy.org.