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Holiday Hope: Carroll County Food Sunday has worked to fight food insecurity for 4 decades

Carroll County Food Sunday has been fighting food insecurity for four decades, distributing food weekly to those families who need it most.

The nonprofit organization grew from a simple operation which started in the back of a truck, said Caroline Babylon, the program’s executive director.

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“Dominic Jollie would collect food from churches on Sunday and distribute it to those in need,” Babylon said. “Now we have a warehouse and we are open four days a week.”

Carroll County Food Sunday executive director Caroline Babylon took over at the helm of the nonprofit food pantry, one of five recipients of the Holiday Hope fundraising campaign in 2021.
Carroll County Food Sunday executive director Caroline Babylon took over at the helm of the nonprofit food pantry, one of five recipients of the Holiday Hope fundraising campaign in 2021. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

The organization distributes a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package, predicated on household size and is meant to last between three to four days. It includes meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads and milk. More than 400 families a week are served at their Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown locations.

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While half of the group’s food comes from the Maryland Food Bank, the other half comes from individual donations, as well as churches, businesses and other organizations in the county.

“The community is very generous,” Babylon said. “Their donations help us address the consistent need in the county.”

Carroll County Food Sunday is one of five beneficiaries of Holiday Hope, the Times’ annual campaign aimed at driving donations to organizations that help those in need in the Carroll County community.

In addition to Carroll County Food Sunday, the Times and its partner, NWSB Bank, are raising funds for Access Carroll, BridgingLife, Human Services Programs of Carroll County and The Shepherd’s Staff.

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“Holiday Hope has been critical for us over the past several years … Funds donated help us to start out the new year wonderfully,” Babylon said, adding the fundraiser is also a great opportunity to work with their community partners.

“Food is such an essential part of life and we don’t want anyone to go hungry,” she mentioned. “No one should have to worry about where their next meal comes from.”

To participate in this effort, look for the Holiday Hope advertisement inside the print edition of the Carroll County Times or mail a donation to: Carroll County Times; Attn: Holiday Hope; 332-140 Village Road PMB 179; Westminster, MD 21157. When mailing your donation, make your checks payable to one of the charities listed:

  • Access Carroll
  • Carroll County Food Sunday
  • BridgingLife (formerly Carroll Hospice)
  • Human Services Programs of Carroll County
  • The Shepherd’s Staff

The Holiday Hope campaign provides unrestricted funds that organizations can use in areas that need the most assistance.

Carroll Food Sunday volunteer Brian Alles of Taylorsville gathers canned food for a client on Nov. 18. Food Sunday distributed 400 turkeys along with boxes of sides to families in need ahead of Thanksgiving.
Carroll Food Sunday volunteer Brian Alles of Taylorsville gathers canned food for a client on Nov. 18. Food Sunday distributed 400 turkeys along with boxes of sides to families in need ahead of Thanksgiving. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)
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