Moveable Feast feeds county’s critically ill

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Brittany Palmer spoke to the members of the Dorchester County Council on June 4 regarding the activities of Moveable Feast, a group that feeds the critically ill.

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council voted 4-0 on June 4 to sponsor a Community Development Block Grant application by Moveable Feast.

“The project itself is home-delivered meals to the critically ill in Dorchester County,” Grants Administrator Brittany Palmer said. “The meals are heart healthy and designed by registered dietitians and chefs to best conform to each client’s changing and complex nutritional needs.”

The Maryland Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded program designed to assist county and municipal governments with activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, housing opportunities, economic development and improved public facilities and services.

“The total available for community development is $5.1 million, statewide,” Grants Administrator Brittany Palmer said. “This year, we propose that the county sponsor an application for the non-profit organization known as Moveable Feast.”

A number of groups coordinate with Movable Feast in providing the services, including the Susan G. Komen organization and the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Moveable Feast’s Grants and Communications Coordinator Laura Shriver told the council members, “In Dorchester County in 2018, we served 62 people” with more than 28,000 meals. That was a continuation of a long relationship with the area’s ill citizens. “We’ve actually been serving people in Dorchester County for 20 years,” Ms. Shriver said.

A statement from the group said, “At Moveable Feast, we approach food as medicine: By eating right, men and women with severe illnesses can strengthen their bodies and better fight their diseases. Founded in the midst of the AIDS crisis in 1989, we initially provided home-delivered hot meals to a small number of men living in Baltimore City with HIV. During our past 30 years in the community, we expanded to include medical transportation, culinary training, nutritional counseling and food services for those facing illnesses beyond HIV/AIDS, such as breast cancer, blood cancer and chronic diabetes. We harness the power of more than 3,800 volunteers and cultivate community involvement on every level of operation in order to feed people, fight disease, and foster hope among thousands of Marylanders who are chronically ill.”

The organization has its main office in Baltimore with satellites around the state, including one in Federalsburg. Frozen meals are delivered 12 at a time to patients, at no cost to them.

Council members Ricky Travers (District 3), Lenny Pfeffer (District 4), Libby Nagel (District 5) and Jay Newcomb (District 1) voted to sign the application. Council President William Nichols (District 2) was absent.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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