The pandemic may have slowed down our efforts to battle food insecurity in Montgomery County but it’s not stopping us! Apex Home Loans is partnering with Manna Food Center through a new Mortgages for Meals Program. As of January 2021, for every loan closed in Montgomery County, MD by a corporate branch at Apex Home Loans, the firm makes a monetary donation that can help feed up to five families locally.
Despite being the 17th wealthiest county in the nation, food insecurity in Montgomery County is projected to have grown over 60% from a few years ago. “It hurts to see so many young children in our home county struggling with food insecurity,” says Craig Strent, “Mortgages for Meals is a new way we can support children as their families go through the difficulties posed by the pandemic.”
Manna Food Center, which typically serves approximately 32,000 individuals per year, experienced a 40 percent boost in demand over the summer, while food bank Nourish Now has seen distribution increase to more than six times its volume pre-pandemic. As you probably remember before the pandemic Apex participated in similar initiative through Women Who Care Ministries where we packed the weekend snack packs for children in need. Both initiatives allow us to provide food-insecure students with healthy meals on weekends, bridging the gap between on-site lunches.
To learn more about food insecurity in Montgomery County, read A time to give in Bethesda magazine.
For more information on our Mortgages for Meals initiative, click here.