Photo courtesy of Community Action Council of Howard County

August 6, 2020 – NAIOP Maryland presented $5,000 donations to two additional non-profit groups — Feed Anne Arundel and City of Refuge Baltimore — who are working to make a positive difference in Central Maryland.

NAIOP Maryland previously made donations to four other non-profits — World Central Kitchen, The Choice Program at UMBC, Community Action Council of Howard County and the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Each contribution was funded from proceeds generated from NAIOP Maryland Community Service programming.   

Photo courtesy of City of Refuge Baltimore

Feed Anne Arundel raises money which is used to keep restaurants open and people employed, as well as provide nutritious meals to Anne Arundel County residents in need. Since March, the group has arranged for the distribution of more than 30,000 meals, which are prepared by 35 local restaurants.

“This is the ultimate win-win-win and the NAIOP Maryland donation translated to the preparation and distribution of more than 500 meals,” stated Monica Alvarado, Lead for Feed Anne Arundel and owner of Bread and Butter Kitchen.

Photo courtesy of City of Refuge Baltimore

The mission of City of Refuge Baltimore is to provide essential needs to families, specifically food and clothing. According to Executive Director Billy Humphrey, the non-profit organization has distributed more than 60,000 prepared meals and nearly 300,000 pounds of food since the onset of COVID-19 in mid-March. Their efforts focus on the southeast Baltimore City communities of Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Park, certain areas of Baltimore County including Lansdowne, and the Brooklyn Park section of Anne Arundel County. The group also provides housing support, workforce development and youth empowerment, while working to combat human trafficking.

“Fundraising is difficult now and the need for day-to-day services that people depend on for survival is rising,” explained Humphrey, “so this gift could not come at a better time.”