The Johns Hopkins Office of Government and Community Affairs and its community partners are distributing 18,000 boxes of produce donated by Baltimore City and 3,300 COVID-19 home test kits from The Johns Hopkins University. They are also distributing 5,000 face masks and 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer donated by The Johns Hopkins Hospital warehouse and the Johns Hopkins University Office of Economic Development.
“This is truly a collaborative effort,” says Michael Preston, director of East Baltimore community affairs for The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Since April 2020, we have partnered with more than two dozen organizations weekly and more than 100 organizations in total to provide resources for families impacted by the pandemic by providing food, access to testing and vaccinations, and PPE.”
Partners in this initiative are nonprofit organization the Door, the Mix Church, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, Turnaround Tuesday, the 29th Street Community Center, the McElderry Park Community Association, the First Apostolic Faith Church, Centro SOL, the First Baptist Church, the Club at Collington Square, the Church of the Redeemed of the Lord, the Fountain Baptist Church, Stephanie Powell Ministries, Roberta’s House, the Caroline Center, We Our Us, Hug Don’t Shoot, Sisters Together and Reaching, the Men and Family Center, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, the New Broadway East Community Association, the South Clifton Park Community Association, the Good Tidings Baptist Church, Bea Gaddy Family Centers, the Belair-Edison Community Association, the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition and the Southeast Community Development Corp.
The initiative will continue through June 30.
Boxes included food, COVID-19 test kits, N95 masks and hand sanitizer.
Members of the Mix Church and Johns Hopkins Government and Community Affairs staff distribute the supplies.
Members of the Mix Church form an assembly line to load supply boxes.
Members of the Mix Church transport supplies for distribution at community organizations.
Johns Hopkins Government and Community Affairs staff and volunteers from The Door, an East Baltimore nonprofit organization, distribute COVID-19 supplies to the community.
Volunteers from The Door form an assembly line to load supply boxes.
A volunteer from The Door transports supplies for distribution at community organizations.