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Franciscan Center ramps up meal supplies, delivery options for vulnerable populations

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Franciscan Center of Baltimore has stepped up service to support an increase in need, expanding from 400 to 500 meals a day to 2,000.

Recently, the center served its 100,000th meal since March 16, more than three-quarters of the 130,000 meals distributed in all of 2019. The center was able to adjust quickly to the increase in need with a recent $35,000 grant from Bank of America, supporting additional meals, staff and kickstarting community funding.

The center has also shifted to meet the changing landscape of the crisis, providing meals-to-go, delivery options and personal protection equipment for low-income seniors, as well as hygiene kits for those in need.

More than 25 partners, including advocacy groups and government organizations such as Baltimore Safe Haven, Youth Empowerment Society and the Baltimore City Health Department have come to the center for collaboration to meet the community demand.

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