Months after Channel 3’s 20 ‘Towns in Twenty Days’ segments, and one of the organizations featured has some exciting news.
The Cornerstone Foundation has been around for years, but volunteers are opening the doors to something new, to make sure no cupboard sits empty.
On Thursday, the Rockville-based organization that has been helping the needy since 1982 opened The Cornerstone Food Cupboard.
"I feel terrific, really terrific. It brings tears to my eyes to think of all the volunteers who help The Cornerstone,” said Helen Syriac, founder of the Cornerstone Foundation.
The agency has a long history of housing the homeless, and there’s a soup kitchen that serves tens of thousands of meals each year.
Now they’ve turned a basement into a pantry with food on the shelves for people to come shopping twice per week.
"We have both fresh and non-perishable foods here. We get donations from Big Y, Walmart and now Price Chopper to give us perishable foods,” said volunteer Glenn Andrews.
Back in May, the organization was Channel 3’s first stop during the 20 Towns in Twenty Days, and a $1,000 donation is being used to buy food at a lower cost from FoodShare.
On Thursday, Channel 3 was able to surprise them with another $500 to be used at PC Richard and Son.
"Your $1,000 goes a long, long way in helping both the soup kitchen and the food pantry. The $500…We're going to need new freezer equipment, a lot of things,” Andrews said.
The new food cupboard will be open two days per week in the neighborhood.
"Why do I do it? I don't want anyone to go hungry,” Syriac said.
Anyone who needs any assistance must sign up in advance, and they are always taking donations.
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