Group wants to start mobile food pantry for Hagerstown-area homeless

Source: Herald Media / Dave McMillion

A group of people who have been volunteering to help various local organizations now wants to start a mobile food pantry to distribute food to those living in homeless camps in the Hagerstown area.

Of the 60 people involved in the group, about 20 are area physicians, including Dr. Pear M. Enam of Gastroenterology Associates at the Robinwood Medical Center.

Enam said in an interview Monday that his group is made up of friends through church, work and the community. They have helped local organizations such as the Community Free Clinic and Habitat for Humanity, he said.

Dr. Kalim Ahmed — another one of the physicians who is with a group that specializes in pulmonary care and sleep-breathing disorders — said he and his colleagues have been blessed to have healthy food and a positive society.

Now, they want to know “how to build a connection” to help those less fortunate, Ahmed said.

Geordie Newman, president and chief executive officer of the Washington County Community Action Council, said Enam and his colleagues told him they want to start a food bank to assist area homeless people — a need that is currently not being met.

The homeless can get a “food bank card” from the CAC, which allows them to receive food once a month, Newman said.

But the food is only supplemental and not intended to be the only source, he said.


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