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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 8, 2013

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications

610-799-7797

bevin.theodore@kidspeace.org

 

OriolesREACH, KidsPeace to work together in day of service at Maryland Food Bank

Youth, foster parents, staff, board members, players’ wives, employees will volunteer on Aug. 19.

 

BALTIMORE ­– Angela Showalter, wife of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, will join forces with other Orioles representatives and KidsPeace youth, foster parents, staff and board members for a day of service at the Maryland Food Bank on Aug. 19.

KidsPeace and OriolesREACH are proud to partner with one of Baltimore’s top charities to give back to the community. The youth participating in the service day are part of KidsPeace’s KEYS (KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed) program, which provides critical life skills training to youth before they age out of the foster care system.

“A large part of our independent living program for our foster youth is to give back to those in need,” says Jocelyn Kennedy, KEYS coordinator. “They learn the importance of contributing to their community and gain value in helping others. We are thrilled to introduce our youth to such a great organization.

The Showalters are strong supporters of KidsPeace and have spoken out to encourage families to consider fostering one of the many children and teenagers in need of loving homes.

“These children are so special. They have endured so much yet they remain strong and want to help others,” Angela Showalter said. “I’m so excited to work side-by-side with them to give back to the Maryland Food Bank, which is a charity that has such a positive impact in our community.”

The Maryland Food Bank provides meals to a network of partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters. They rely on daily volunteers to sort, pack and flash-freeze meals.

 

About KidsPeace

For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/KidsPeaceMaryland or on Twitter @KidsPeace.

 

About The Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger in Maryland. For more than 30 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state, distributing food to those in need. Through carefully crafted programs, the Food Bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders, while working to find long-term solutions to hunger. Currently distributing more than 75,000 meals per day (24.5 million meals per year), the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, please visit www.mdfoodbank.org.

 
   
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