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Somebody Cares Baltimore distributing thousands of meals

Posted at 8:56 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 23:21:12-04

BALTIMORE — There’s a lot of hungry people in Baltimore City and one man has made it his mission to feed as many as he can.

Matt Stevens started a group called Somebody Cares Baltimore a few years back.

He said it’s an organization of churches and ministries who come together to help people in Baltimore City and surrounding counties.

They are able to serve 1,500 fresh 'heat and eat' meals a day.

“These are neighborhoods that are already challenged, and this is putting an even greater strain and challenge on them,” said Stevens. “The food supply line is depleted.”

Chef Chris Cherry with Uptown Catering finished building the kitchen for his catering company, just when coronavirus hit.

They had a brand new cutting edge kitchen, a full staff, and no events to work.

“I said we didn’t do a kitchen renovation, we built a food arc,” Cherry said. “Let’s help people”

He connected with Stevens and they got cooking.

Thousands of quality meals with the space and staff that gives them the ability to make around 15,000 meals a day.

“I tell my cooks all the time I’m so grateful to be able to fill the box than to receive the box,” said Cherry. “That’s a fact that’s all I have. Let us fill the box.”

The next step is a campaign called Buy One Give zone.

You buy something from the grocery-grab another of that item and drop it off at one of the 23 drop zones that will be set up on Wednesday.

“At the end of the day I’ve been in the line,” Stevenson said. “I’ve had to wait in lines to take care of my family. I understand what it is to go without. The world we live in there shouldn’t be anybody that’s going without.”

A lot of empty stomachs to fill with plenty of heart on the side.

“We believe that there is way more good than anything else in this city,” said Stevens. “There are great people doing great things. When we begin to connect those people to do those things together we like to say even in a time of crisis and need everyone can do something.”

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