It was an unusually bright and balmy mid-February day in Aberdeen, Maryland, when the crew finished installing the latest community pantry in the Priority Partners Cupboards Project.
One of several pantries planned for completion, the brand new installation is part of a team effort with HGTV hosts Matt Muenster and Chris Grundy to design, build and install free self-serve mini food pantries throughout Maryland.
The new celebrity-designed pantry, located at the Aberdeen Boys & Girls Club on Bel Air Avenue, is now open and supplies a variety of healthy food choices to the community. Completed on February 11, the Aberdeen pantry is the third in the series of multiple neighborhood pantries planned by Priority Partners. Two other pantries located in the Mt. Winans neighborhood and, more recently, in Edgewood have been installed and opened since the bold initiative kicked off last year.
The new Aberdeen cupboard will be routinely stocked by community partners of the Aberdeen Boys & Girls Club, a division of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties. Not only is the self-serve food pantry a boost to local families in need, it represents a meaningful innovation in combating the crisis of food insecurity across Maryland communities.
As exciting as this recent installation is in the effort to meet the basic needs of Marylanders, it’s still early in the process. The Priority Partners Cupboards Project has more installations planned and much more work to do in their ongoing mission to provide a helping hand to local communities in need. The next exciting chapter of the project will be outfitting a trio of mobile pantries. Just in the planning stages now, the three mobile pantries will be custom-converted school buses, two of which will be operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties, and the third by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The Cupboards Project expects to be able to unveil the new mobile pantries late spring this year.
Learn more about how the Priority Partners Cupboards Project is delivering real-world solutions to tackle the problem of food insecurity in Maryland communities and follow the progress of the project at prioritypartnerscupboards.com.