Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is one of the government officials in attendance at this morning's Press Conference organized by the United Way of Central Maryland & Harvest for the Hungry, held at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown are also in attendance.
At the heart of the matter at this morning's 9:30 am press conference is poverty. One in eight Americans struggle with hunger. A staggering one in four Baltimorians live in poverty.
The Franciscan Center, host of the event, serves over 400 people Monday through Friday, hot, healthy, free meals, provide emergency groceries, clothing, and assistance with utilities and eviction. The Center has been offering hope and support for a sustainable future in Baltimore City since 1968. It's not just about taking care of day to day needs, the Center is about helping people grow, get back on their feet again, all while keeping their dignity through the process. Some of the additional services that the Franciscan Center offers are: counseling, basic computer skills classes, Attire-4-Hire (suit program for men, recently featured on ABC2NEWS), prescription and dental assitance, and help securing birth certificates and state issued ID's.
To learn more about the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, visit their web site, Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog.