September 17, 2020

Many Partners Join City of Light Church to Distribute Food and Meals in Silver Spring

More than 500 individuals and families on Sept. 13 were provided with fresh produce, nonperishable groceries, ethnic food products and milk as many organizations and volunteers joined the Kings and Priests’ Court International Ministries City of Light Church “Helping Hands Food Pantry” food distribution event. The church is located on Randolph Road in Silver Spring.

Among those that helped with the event were the Montgomery County Government and the East County Regional Services Office; the County’s Housing Initiative Fund; the American Diversity Group; the Capital Area Food Bank; the Greater Washington Community Foundation; the Immigrant Community Services, Inc.; the Manna Food Center; and the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition.

Pastor, Dr. Abdul Sesay and the City of Light community also were helped by numerous volunteers in the major food distribution effort. Among the volunteers were Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando and East County Regional Services Director Jewru Bandeh.

Compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, demand for food assistance in Montgomery County, as reported by food providers, has increased by 500 percent. County employees have worked in cooperation with more than 100 nonprofit partners to help feed families across the County.

Over the past week, food distribution organizations provided more than 5,000 families with rice, beans and lentils.

Information on food resources is available on the website