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People
Matter
to God.

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OUR MISSION

We endeavor to provide our neighbors the food they need to thrive and instill hope for a bright future.

OUR VISION

To be the hands that provide hope to those in Harford County in their time of need.

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Who We Are

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." ~ Martin Luther 

 

The HOPE Center of Maryland founded in 2013, is a tax-exempt not-for-profit, faith-based community service organization that operates a food distribution ministry serving Harford County, Maryland.  The HOPE Center’s goal is to ensure that all people in our community and surrounding areas, who are in immediate need, are not food-deprived. This is accomplished by soliciting and collecting food and non-food items for distribution through a network of service agencies, churches, and programs that serve our community. 

 

Currently, The HOPE Center has been helping those facing financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, our local non-profit agencies and churches are struggling with revenue and the manpower resources to provide the services that are so desperately needed at this time. The HOPE Center has reached out to these community organizations and we have provided weekly deliveries of food and other household products to them so that they can continue their vital outreach to the families who depend upon them for help. 

By the end of last year (ending December 31, 2020), The HOPE Center received and distributed 85,719 pounds of donated food and non-food essentials to the beneficiaries who we 

support!

The heartbeat of The HOPE Center is to serve individuals and families who are struggling with making ends meet. The opportunity to collaborate with so many committed charitable organizations to help serve those in need has been as much a blessing to us as it has been to the people we have had the privilege of helping. 

Our commitment is to meet people right where they are in their lives and assist them through non-judgmental acceptance, empathy, resources, direction, and HOPE….today!

The HOPE Center of Maryland, Inc. is an IRS code 501(c)(3) faith-based non-profit, volunteer-driven community service organization.

CORE VALUES

1. We value our desire to show compassion to all, and extend the love of Jesus Christ to all.

2. We value serving the whole person in spirit, mind, and body. 

3. We value excellence in everything we do. 

4. We value our call to be a beacon of hope to everyone.

 

5. We value accountability, integrity, and transparency.

 

6. We value those we serve, our donors, volunteers, and staff members.

7. We value maintaining an environment that fosters achievement, teamwork, and trust.

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WHO WE SERVE

The HOPE Center of Maryland supports a local network of beneficiary partners that include food pantries, senior living communities, and other community based programs.

The HOPE Center Distribution Beneficiaries

Donations include pantry items, frozen meals, and meats, produce, cleaning and laundry supplies, baby supplies, paper goods, beverages, and other necessities.

Deliveries to our beneficiaries are weekly, bi-monthly, or as needed.

Churches -- 

  • First Presbyterian Church, Bel Air, MD. Twice a month. 

    • Operates an onsite food pantry for local individuals and families who are financially challenged and lack food resources.

  • Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Darlington, MD Monthly.  

    • Provides grocery bags monthly to individuals and families who are in need of food. 

  • Centre UMC, Forest Hill, MD Twice a month. 

    • Operates an on-site food pantry and provides food and other necessities weekly to individuals and families who are in need.

  • St. Margaret Catholic Church, Bel Air, MD As items are available. 

    • Provides food giveaways to local individuals and families in need. Also supports other parish pantries in Harford County.

  • Conowingo Baptist Church, Conowingo, MD Twice a month. 

    • Operates an on-site food pantry for local individuals and families who are facing financial challenges and struggle to make ends meet. 

  • Webster Congregational Christian Church, Havre de Grace, MD​ Twice a month. 

    • Provides “Blessings in a Backpack” to 75 students at Havre de Grace Elementary School who would otherwise go hungry over the weekends. 

  • Saint Mark Catholic Church, Fallston, MD.​ Twice a month. 

    • Operates an onsite Outreach Center for local individuals and families who are financially challenged and lack food resources. 

  • Churchville Presbyterian Church Preschool, Churchville, MD.​ Twice a month. 

    • ​Operates an onsite preschool for children. 

 

Miscellaneous -- 

  • TUNE - Towson University North East, Bel Air, MD Twice a month. 

    • Operates an on-site food pantry and provides food giveaways to students and staff who need help to access food.

  • Homecoming Project, Bel Air, MD As items are available. 

    • Manages an eight-bed state-certified residential program for women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.

  • The Sharing Table, Edgewood, MD Weekly during produce season - July to October. The HOPE Center serves a hot meal 3 times during the year (2023).

    • Serves a hot lunch and distributes grocery bags every Saturday to those in need of food. 

  • Grace Place, Havre de Grace, MD Twice a month.

    • Operates an on-site giveaway program that provides food and other essentials weekly to individuals and families who are in need.

  • Harford Collection of Homes Twice a month.

    • Pop-up community pantry at local apartment properties where tenants in need can receive food and other necessities.

  • Key Point Health Services, Aberdeen, MD​ As items are available. 

    • Provides behavioral health services. A few programs are Residential Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. The HOPE Center provides food and non-food items to the clients of these two services. 

  • Alpha’s Glory Pregnancy Resource Center, Aberdeen, MD As items are available. 

    • Provides various services including parenting classes, life skills workshops, free pregnancy tests, and referrals to community resources for housing assistance, food, and professional counseling. 

Harford County Public Schools -- 

 

Local Senior Living Communities -- 

  • Park View Bel Air Senior Community, Bel Air, MD Monthly food giveaway at location - drop offs when there are food items for residents. 

    • Apartments for seniors.

  • ​Parkview at Box Hill Senior Community, Abingdon, MD Monthly food giveaway at location - drop offs when there are food items for residents. 

    • ​Apartments for seniors. 

  • Aberdeen Court Senior Community, Aberdeen, MD Monthly food giveaway at location - drop offs when there are food items for residents. 

    • Apartments for seniors, operated by Catholic Charities.

Beneficiaries
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