COVID-19 vaccines and meals given away at the Prince George’s Co. event
COVID-19 vaccines and meals given away at the Prince George’s Co. event

COVID-19 vaccines and meals given away at the Prince George’s Co. event

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, food and vaccines were given away this afternoon in an attempt to help those still struggling during the pandemic.

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

Volunteers helped run a food drive and coronavirus vaccine clinic at Hemingway AME Church in District Heights, Maryland, Sunday. (WTOP / Valerie Bonk)

WTOP / Valerie Bonk

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, food and vaccines were given away Sunday afternoon in an effort to help those still battling the pandemic.

“It’s a wonderful, beautiful thing,” said Ricky Neal, who drove through the Food 4 Thought food distribution at Hemingway Memorial AME Church in District Heights.

He was picking up one of more than 300 available packed lunches.

The event was combined with a COVID-19 vaccine clinic inside the church.

“It’s much needed,” said Tracy Simpson, church administrator at Hemingway Memorial AME. “There are a lot of families out here struggling today.”

Simpson said all three vaccines and boosters were available to anyone who needed them. People were able to pick up food or get a vaccine – or both.

“It’s just a blessing for those of us who have survived the pandemic to be here and be able to do what we have to do to make things better,” Simpson said.

There was a steady stream of cars picking up food and a waiting room with people ready to get coronavirus shots.

“A beautiful atmosphere so you can come and get your shot and some food for your pantry,” said Cheryl Hatcher Williams, who said she was fine after getting her booster shot at the event. “The opportunity to have the vaccine readily available is good for society.”

Donovan Benton, co-founder of Food 4 Thought, said it was great to see the volunteers come together to hand out food.

The Delta Zeta Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity shared food with members of the church and community.

“There are no boundaries. I mean it could be one car, but it represents maybe eight families and we will take care of them,” Benton said. “It’s really humiliating to see people living in their cars and fighting . Food insecurity has always been there, but it worsened during the pandemic. “

Rev. Gerald Folsom, senior pastor of Hemingway AME Church, said the church wants to reach everyone who fights in the area. He wanted to make sure everyone knew they could just pick up food, just get a vaccine, or both at the event.

“None of them are tied to each other,” Folsom explained. “This pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the population. We did not just want to do one thing.”


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