West County: Christian Assistance Program makes a difference

Typical food items given to families by the Christian Assistance Program Food Pantry. The pantry seeks volunteers to carry food to clients' cars.
Typical food items given to families by the Christian Assistance Program Food Pantry. The pantry seeks volunteers to carry food to clients' cars. (Amy Aggantt / HANDOUT)

There are approximately 43,000 county residents who are not sure where their next meal will come from, according to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

Almost half of those residents are children. Pastor Daryl A. Foster, leader of two congregations in Severn, Delmont United Methodist Church and Severn United Methodist Church, is on a mission to reduce the number of hungry people in the community.


The Christian Assistance Program (CAP) is a cooperative of 13 churches that includes Delmont and Severn United Methodist churches. CAP sponsors a food pantry that provides meals to 150-200 local households per month, approximately 400 people. The food pantry is based at Severn UMC where utilities and space are donated.

Amy Aggantt works closely with the CAP Program gathering food and distributing it where needed.


“Both churches donate food and money to help keep the pantry shelves full. They volunteer to register clients, pack bags of food and carry the food out to the clients’ cars,” Aggantt said.

During the Holidays, Delmont and Severn UMCs joined with CAP for the annual Holiday Sharing Program. CAP provided Thanksgiving turkey dinners for 200 area families. In December, they did it again, providing Christmas dinners for the families.

Both congregations also support needy families through Anne Arundel County’s DSS Holiday Sharing Program, last year providing food, as well as gifts, to another 10 families.

“Pastor Foster delivers the food and gifts and spends time with each household, helping ensure these people know they are loved and not forgotten,” Aggantt said. “There is no better way of showing your thanks or sharing your gifts than helping provide a delicious, nutritious meal for those who might otherwise go hungry.”

In addition to contributing to the food pantry, these two small churches have had a huge impact on the Backpack Buddies Weekend Food Program at Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn. For the last four years, Delmont and Severn UMCs have provided more than 5,000 meals to school age children in the community.

The two congregations gathered enough food to feed 20 children at least one breakfast, one lunch, and 4-5 snacks every week during the school year. The children received cereal, milk, breakfast bars, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, soup, fruit cups, fresh fruit and a loaf of bread.

“It’s such a blessing to know that these children do not have to worry about filling their tummies over the weekend,” Aggantt said.

Foster has served both churches since July 2016.

The Christian Assistance Program needs volunteers to carry food from the pantry to the clients’ cars. This is a physically demanding task that requires repeatedly carrying boxes and bags that weigh up to 35 pounds, up 8 steps.

The food pantry is at 1215 Camp Meade Road in Severn. Those interested in lending a hand, can contact Jeri Nickel at 410-227-3647 or jeri.nickel@gmail.com.

GPCCN events

Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene, 61 Gambrills Road in Severn, has two upcoming ministry events.

· Ministry Fair - to be held at the church after morning service Feb. 4. Ministry leaders will be on hand to answer questions and recruit volunteers. A light lunch will be served in the gym to those in attendance.


· Walk to Jerusalem – take a virtual walk to Jerusalem Feb. 4–April 12. Sponsored by the Church Health Center, participates exercise along the way, including logging miles walked, aerobics, swimming and biking.

For more information email GPCCN, office@gpccn.org or call 410-987-6777.

ROWC luncheon

The Fort Meade Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club presents the Fort Meade Steel Drum Band at a luncheon buffet Feb. 6, 11 a.m. at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road. Cost is $20 and reservations are required by noon Feb. 1. For more information, call Debbie Alexander, 703-328-8242.

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