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Cockeysville pastor feeds the hungry and homeless

Reverend Chandra Caples-Webb has a personal motto – if you make an observation, you have an obligation to DO something – and she has put that into practice through the Love in Action Worldwide Ministries. She is the president of the organization she founded five years ago when she was a chaplain at Sinai Hospital and her mobile ministry has been making a difference in the community ever since.

Surrounded by a dedicated team, Rev. Chandra focuses on meeting the needs of neighbors where they are in the moment and providing momentum to affect change. Currently, that includes a monthly free food giveaway in Cockeysville, with the new addition of hosting a Maryland Food Pantry on the Go at the Cockeysville PAL Center as well. Her ministry also has programs which support the homeless in Baltimore City.

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Rev. Chandra’s free food giveaways got started during the pandemic when she tried to figure out how the food insecure were eating in Cockeysville. This led her to become a food distributor and she began volunteering with Celestial Manna, a food rescue organization which redistributes food from grocery stores, restaurants and local farms that would otherwise be discarded.

To get the resources out to the Cockeysville community, Rev. Chandra started rescuing food and setting up in front of the Dollar Tree in the Yorktown Shopping Center for distribution. Eventually, she began collecting so much that Love in Action was able to begin a monthly distribution of food, clothing and household items at the Cockeysville PAL Center.

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Love in Action has now also become a Maryland Food Bank Pantry on the Go and will have an additional pantry box distribution each month, with the next one being held on Saturday, Dec. 3. The ministry is working towards becoming a network resource partner with the Food Bank in January, which will bring access to even more resources. Rev. Chandra is now praying for a trailer with refrigeration and freezers that could be parked in the Cockeysville Skate Park parking lot.

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In 2017, Rev. Chandra got her start with her ministry downtown when she saw a post on NextDoor showing pictures of homeless folks sleeping on the steps of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Once she saw that, she swung into action.

She recounts: “I galvanized the ladies in my ministry and we collected hygiene items, coffee and donuts, and a month later we were downtown at that very church. That ministry is now thriving and changing lives.”

They minister to the unhoused downtown every first Saturday with coffee, food, clothing, blankets and hygiene items. They lovingly refer to that ministry as Love Thy Neighbor and their work in Cockeysville as Love Thy Neighbor North.

Rev. Chandra is a longtime resident of Cockeysville and a graduate of Dulaney High School. Early on, she was the president of the Dulaney Key Club and the Maryland Key Club lieutenant governor, which provided good training for her future good works.

Love in Action Worldwide Ministries is thriving, but like any grassroots organization they are always in need of supporters. Check out their website, liawwm.com, for more information on Amazon wish lists, financial donations and volunteer opportunities.

The next free food giveaway will be on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1p.m. and will feature hot holiday meals to go, in addition to the regular distribution. It will be held at the Cockeysville PAL/Community Center at 9836 Greenside Drive.

Thank you, Rev. Chandra and Love in Action Worldwide Ministries for looking out and making a difference for your neighbors.


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