Montgomery County locals are used to seeing some of their favorite baseball stars on the field, but today athletes were in grocery store parking lots, collecting food for a good cause.
“The notion that this has been a tough week and this is a counter sign that this country is positive–we help people and we’re helping our neighbors in need,” said Bruce Adams, founder of Bethesda Big Train.
It’s the 7th annual Feed the Hungry Challenge, which means four Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball teams posted up at Giant grocery stores to collect food.
“Out here, especially the kids, we’re kind of an icon to them,” said Chase Gardner, pitcher on Bethesda Big Train. “Maybe the kids will come by and be like ‘Wow, Bethesda Big Train players, let’s donate food,’ and feel like they’re really doing something for us, which they are.”
The food is donated to Manna Food Center.
“We have, in Montgomery County, 70-80,000 people who are not always sure where their next meal is coming from, and food drives like this are really important,” said Jackie DeCarlo, Executive Director of Manna Food Center. “We need food, we need funds, and we need friends.”
All of the collections are for a good cause, but the teams are competing to see who can collect the most food.
“These kids who come from all over the country are giving 90 minutes or two hours to collect food for people they’ll never meet,” said Adams.
Thanks to the help of the players, volunteers, and interns, Manna Food Center gained more than 8,000 pounds of food.
But which team collected the most?—Rockville Express!
The Manna Food Center hosts a number of events throughout the year.
Later this month, the warehouse is welcoming people to take a tour and learn about hunger in the Montgomery County area.