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Garrett County Community Action Receives Food Donations to Help with Growing Local Need for Food Assistance 

Last Updated on Dec 20, 2022 at 7:49am | Health & Social

Contact: Leah Knicely, Director of Marketing & Communications  
P: (301) 334.9431 ext. 6195  

OAKLAND, Md.—December 19, 2022—Garrett County Community Action Committee Inc. recently received more than 2,000 pounds of food donations from Walmart Supercenter in Oakland, Maryland. 
Throughout November, generous shoppers were encouraged to donate food and funds to support Garrett County Community Action's emergency and supplemental food programs. Thanks to Walmart Supercenter, 70 turkeys and 28 boxes of food were donated on November 21 and distributed ahead of the holiday season. 
"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Walmart, their cashiers, and staff for choosing to support the community through Garrett County Community Action this holiday season," said Donna Cumerlato, Rose Terrace site manager. "The donation drive was so successful that Walmart asked to extend the effort through the Christmas holiday." 
Community Action operates an emergency food pantry and Meals on Wheels, addressing food insecurity among children, families, and seniors in Garrett County. Additionally, the overwhelming support allowed Community Action to disperse food to local churches, food banks, the Dove Center, and individuals and families in great need. 
Community Action's emergency and supplemental food programs rely on donations from the community. Non-perishable food items in unopened boxes, cans, jars, and sealed packets stock the shelves of the emergency food pantry and support Meals on Wheels food preparation.
The following items are always needed for our clients: 
  • Boxed Cereal 
  • Canned Fruits, Meat, Soups, and Vegetables 
  • Dry Milk 
  • Shelf-stable Heat & Serve Meals 
  • Instant Oatmeal 
  • Instant Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice 
  • Jelly 
  • Juice Boxes 
  • Mac & Cheese Boxes 
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Spaghetti Noodles & Sauce 
  • Tuna Helper 
Those interested in supporting the food drive are invited to donate during their next shopping trip. Donations are also accepted at the Garrett County Community Action main office, 104 East Center Street, Oakland, during regular business hours. 
About Garrett County Community Action Committee Inc.: 
Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. GCCAC, founded in 1965, is a private, nonprofit corporation operating in Garrett County, Maryland. GCCAC works with partners to build a stronger community and provide services that improve the quality of life for residents in Garrett County. The agency offers various services for individuals, families, and seniors. Activities and projects focus on strategies that empower people by removing barriers and offering pathway opportunities to achieve aspirational goals. More information regarding programs and services provided by GCCAC can be found at or by dialing (301) 334.9431.