Food Pantry & Career Connection April 1, 2017, by: gIANA lAbANCA

GEDCO CARES is run by a dedicated team. This team consists of over 100 volunteers, only one full time employee and another part time employee. Neighboring college Loyola University Maryland is the source of many volunteers each year. GEDCO CARES served over 1500 households in 2012!

Some courses such as Health Communications have even offered service learning for service at CARES. This integration into the classroom is a great compliment to the Jesuit values that Loyola holds. This service learning required students to complete 20 hours and then design a campaign to improve the Health Communications of GEDCO Cares.

Some of the ideas that students came up with were the distribution of tote bags at the Food Pantry. This idea came after they observed that paper bags breaking for people traveling far distances with their groceries were a recurring problem. Students decided to put health facts on this tote bag. These facts were a great way to educate clients on the importance of their health.

As an organization, GEDCO CARES serves those who are in crisis whether it is a family or an individual. GEDCO's goal is that clients will become self-sufficient after receiving these resources. Cares food pantry is open Monday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings. Donations come from 53 member organizations, individuals, schools, corporations, government agencies, and community groups.

Pantry essentials include peanut butter, jelly, cereals, pork and beans, canned fruits, tuna, Elbow macaroni/Spaghetti, Tomato Sauce, Canned Vegetables, Soups, or Rice. Donating any of these items is a way to assist the pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the back of St. Mary of the Assumption Church: 5502 York Road. While donating, ask about volunteering.

GEDCO Career Connection assigns a member of the team to interviews their client in order to help them figure out what their options for employment are. This helps those who are facing barriers to employment. This service is especially valuable for those who do not have Internet access, computer skills or those that have a lack of education, a disability, or a criminal record.

Services include resume preparation, cover letter writing, online job search and application assistance, interview skills coaching and training program connections. For any other information, you can call 410-433-2442.

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