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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sunderland recently participated in a food drive.

The church’s members filled more than 225 boxes, and four other churches in the county joined them, adding another 120 boxes for approximately 6,900 pounds of food.

The food will be donated to the Southern Maryland Food Bank and the End Hunger warehouse in Calvert County for distribution to the local pantries.

“It was very satisfying to have such a great opportunity to go and meet our neighbors and invite them to contribute to the food collection for those in need. Everyone was so willing and pleased that we were doing this service,” said Sharon Tate, community relations specialist.

Calvert Ward also participated in service for the Farms 4 Hunger Program.

There are several farms in Southern Maryland that were not being farmed and are now raising produce to go to pantries to feed those in need, according to a news release.

During the summer, the pantries were able to distribute fresh corn, beans, squash and irish and sweet potatoes to clients.

Volunteers helped plant and harvest the vegetables all summer long, including 11 who spent three hours picking up potatoes after the harvester had dug them.

The boys felt good about the quantities of potatoes they gathered, the release stated.

The farm director was ecstatic over how much they accomplished and had to keep digging more rows to keep up with the gathering.

For information about the program go to,