“For the sake of human decency, feeding the poor and the hungry people of Carroll County must be a concern for all of us who are not hungry,” wrote Dominic Jollie after launching Carroll County Food Sunday (CCFS) in 1982.
“To know hunger exists and to do nothing is the shame and bane of human life.” Jollie encouraged the religious community to collect food at their Sunday services for distribution through a county wide food bank network that was appropriately incorporated as “Food Sunday”.
CCFS distributes a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package that is predicated on household size and is meant to last 3-4 days. It includes meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads and milk. Over 400 families a week are served at our Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown locations.
The operating budget is supported by community fund-raisers and direct mail solicitation of county residents. We are grateful for the churches, individuals, school groups and service organizations that raise donations independently on our behalf, and for the local grocers that donate baked goods. Carroll County Government provides donated warehouse space in Westminster and utilities.
Food drives and food donations are also very important in helping us maintain a reliable inventory of nutritional items year round. We are constantly purchasing food from a variety of sources based on price and availability. Our Food Bank Coordinator compares bulk prices at local merchants with those available from Maryland Food Bank, a large wholesaler in the Maryland region. When possible, we take advantage of special deals to stock up on essential food supplies that can be held in reserve until needed.
Carroll County Food Sunday is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives of all sectors of the community. Its daily operations are managed by two part-time employees – Dennis Fahey, Food Bank Administrator and Ed Leister, Executive Director.
Board of Directors
Hermine Saunders, President
Edward Leister, Executive Director
Steve Lambertson, 1st Vice President
Michele Crew, 2nd Vice President
Lisa Monthley, Immediate Past President
John P. Myers, Treasurer
Patricia Glazier, Secretary
Dennis Fahey, Food Bank Administrator
Linda Roy, Information Systems
Rev. Dr. David Highfield
Melissa “Missie” Wilcox
Zoa D. Barnes, Director Emeritus
Rev. Gerald D. “Jerry” Fuss, Director Emeritus
Byron Hollinger, Director Emeritus
Roland Meerdter, Director Emeritus
Dr. Faye Pappalardo, Director Emeritus