Baltimore Meal Services
Hunger drives its victims to desperate actions and drains them of productive energy, hurting the victim and society as a whole. Through an assortment of meal programs, My Brother’s Keeper provides food security for Irvington residents. By relieving people of the burden of finding their next meal, we empower them to focus on other issues and make changes in their lives.
Hot Meal Program
Our kitchen manager, Gordon Crockett, works wonders with prepared meats or vegetables donated from St. Agnes Hospital’s kitchen, breads and desserts from area supermarkets, or various other food donations. Gordon and his helpers are able to serve some of the most varied and tasty meals available from any Baltimore charity. After a prayer of thanks, cold drinks are passed around and meals are served in our inviting dining room by cheerful volunteers. Mealtime is a peaceful gathering in a secure environment, where all are welcome.
We serve 6 meals per week September through May, and 5 meals per week from June to August, averaging up to 70 plates per meal – over 18,000 individual meals per year – not including bagged lunches.
Bag Lunch Program
Supplementing our hot meal service is our bag lunch program, provided by our friends at St. Joseph’s Monastery and other sources. This gives our guests their daily bread — to go — and more options for feeding their families.
Food Voucher Program
My Brother’s Keeper joins with Beechfield United Methodist church in running a food voucher program to provide our guests with groceries for the week. Sometimes the food comes from our food pantry, but we also help acquire food from the Maryland Food Bank, where we are able to buy food at a fraction of its retail value. In this way, your $10 donation to My Brother’s Keeper is able to buy $50 worth of food.
Special Holiday Meals
At the holidays, we help serve special meals that unite and bond the community. We team with St. Joseph Monastery Parish as they host the guests of Irvington with a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.