Glen Burnie United Methodist packages 10,152 meals in 90 minutes

Bonnie Titus (left to right), Carol Simmons, and Paul Shaffer were among the folks who packed more than 10,000 meals at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church for Rise Against Hunger.
Bonnie Titus (left to right), Carol Simmons, and Paul Shaffer were among the folks who packed more than 10,000 meals at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church for Rise Against Hunger. (Courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

Glen Burnie United Methodist Church's United Methodist Men partnered with Rise Against Hunger and 10 additional churches to send hunger packing.

The group, ages five and up, packaged 10,152 meals in 90 minutes.


"Teams of all ages manned the various prep stations and in no time were working like well-oiled machines," organizer Richard Campbell said. "With background music and constant chatter, it was a worthwhile and fun experience."

That chatter was one of Campbell's favorite parts. With three church services, he said sometimes congregants don't see one another.


Campbell said everyone left with an uplifting sense of accomplishment knowing their packages help feed 60,912 hungry persons, including 48,729 children. He said the meals include rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 vitamins and minerals, and can feed a family of six.

Campbell was excited the group's packages will most likely be delivered to Puerto Rico and St. Martinique, areas devastated by recent hurricanes. Campbell said in those countries, the children do not have the benefit of government programs and must attend school while hungry, making it difficult to learn.

Each meal costs 29 cents including shipping costs. The church raised more than $2,944 to complete the project. Rise Against Hunger delivered the supplies. The group had to improvise since they have round tables.

The event offered volunteers young and old the opportunity to pitch in, as well as those who have limitations such as mobility or strength.

Church membership wasn't required. Campbell said one church was a non-Methodist church. He hopes the event will grow to include representatives from many denominations.

Campbell said if the group is able to assemble more volunteers , the goal of 1 million meals could be attained. He said he wanted to host the project after working with another meal packing event two years ago.

Planet Walk

Explore the solar system beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Planet Walk along the B & A Trail. The event begins at the sun sculpture just south of Aquahart Road behind Harundale Plaza and concludes at the Pluto sculpture just north of the Earleigh Heights ranger station.

Participants can walk or bike the 4.7 mile course. It is recommended participants begin at the sun station where ample parking is available.

Those seeking a shorter route can visit the first six planets between the sun and Saturn by traveling the first 1.25 miles of the walk between Harundale Plaza and Marley Station Mall.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, the Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club and the Solar Exploration Division of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Special evening events will be held at the college. Check out an Asteroid Café on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission in the AACC Student Union Dining Hall, near Parking Lot A beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Jason Dworkin, project scientist for the mission and director of the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory, and other scientists and engineers will be available to talk about the mission and asteroid research.


A stargazing party will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the college observatory in the back of parking lots A and B. Participants can use the observatory's telescopes with assistance, or can bring their own. Events may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

For more information, visit http://www.friendsofaatrails.org/planet-walk.

Duckpins for Doris

The third annual Duckpins for Doris will be held 1–6 p.m. Sunday at Glen Burnie Bowl, 6322 Ritchie Hwy. The event is held in honor of Doris Roy, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2015, and to help prevent future losses from the disease.

In addition to bowling, the event will feature a silent auction, bake sale, door prizes and a chance to win a Yeti cooler. Participants also can learn more about ovarian cancer.

Cost is $20 for adults or $10 for kids 12 and under. For more information, email dorisroyfoundation@gmail.com or call Jim Roy at 443-739-5792.

Sunday bingo

The Glen Burnie Moose Lodge 1456, 1911 Crain Hwy. S., hosts its monthly bingo Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Play begins at 1 p.m.

Cost is $25 and includes a lunch of spaghetti and meat sauce and one soft drink, regular games and specials. Participants should use the rear entrance.

For more information, call the lodge office at 410-761-1298, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Smoke Free Holy Ground

The 18th annual Smoke Free Holy Ground covenant celebration of faith and health will be held 10 a.m –2 p.m. May 26 at Empowering Believers Church, 7566 E. Howard Road.

Celebrate clean air and a smoke-free environment, in addition to fellowship. Vendors are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, call 410-761-9272 or sfhg2001@aol.com.

Pentecost novena

A Pentecost novena celebration will be held 7:30–9 p.m. May 11-19 at Crucifixion Worship Center, 100 Scott Ave. A healing mass will be offered May 18. Guest speakers will be present each evening.

Email prayer requests to kevinbrown316@comcast.net, or mark "Holy Spirit Novena Intention" and drop in prayer basket in the foyer of Christ the King worship centers at Holy Trinity, Msgr. Slade or Crucifixion churches, or send Attn: Deacon Kevin Brown, 126 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

Library happenings

Preschoolers can create simple art for display at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway, with Mini Monet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tweens and teens can try the STEM activity du jour with Maker Mondays at 6 p.m. May 7.

Find out what's normal and what to expect of grief with the Courageous Conversations Discussion Series. Growing Through Grief: What the Sacred Sorrow of Grief Can Teach Us will be offered by counselors from the Chesapeake Life Center at 7 p.m. May 8.

Registration is not required, however, seating is limited. Call 443-837-1527 or visit www.hospicechesapeake.org for more information.

To share your news in the Glen Burnie area, contact Amy Laque at MDGazetteAmy@gmail.com or 443-924-6440. Follow her on Twitter @GlenBurnieTalk.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun