Bishop McNamara High School served as host and a major partner in the community food distribution that took place on Saturday, May 30th providing boxes of fresh groceries to those challenged by the COVID-19 crisis using a drive-through grab-and-go method. Volunteers, including BMHS students and their families, filled Mt. Calvary parking lot ready to serve more than 500 families of Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a response to helping those in need during the current global pandemic.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Wanda Durant, mother of NBA star Kevin Durant, founder of The Real MVP Charity and The Kevin Durant Foundation, served as event leaders. Along with Prince George's County leaders Councilman Calvin Hawkins, Senator Melody Griffith and the District 25 Team: Steve Proctor of GS Proctor & Associates, and Mario Minor, CEO of Market Fresh Gourmet, they packed and distributed boxes of fresh vegetables, fruit and meat for citizens as they arrived at the site.
The event was supported by many county officials including Prince George's County Police Chief Henry "Hank" Stawinski, Prince George's County Fire Chief Tiffany Green, Maryland Delegate Diana Fennell and City of District Heights Commissioner Cynthia Miller, who all pitched in passing out boxes of food.
The food drive was just one of many ways the county is stepping up to tackle food shortages as it relates to economic hardships, job losses, decreased access to healthy food, and a host of other adversities people are facing while dealing with the impact of the coronavirus on their community.
For Bishop McNamara, the offer to participate and to host the event was just one of the many ways the school leads by example giving back to its community. The event also highlighted the newly graduated Class of 2020, a class who did not get to participate in a traditional graduation ceremony in May, yet nearly half arrived ready to help regardless of circumstances.
The food drive brought joy and hope to people of our community. Some amazing stories were shared by people at the event:
“It was really important for us to do this. You can tell by the turnout, you can see so much love. People are coming together regardless of economic status, regardless of your political affiliation, this is the time that we are showing healing. You have community leaders, elected officials as well as children and older folks, this is like a block party. Black people and white people are saying I am raising my hand and I am willing to give back. And I want to figure out how to make a difference in my community.” --Maryland Delegate Darryl Barnes, District 25.
“This event means so much for me as an alum and a parent of a child that goes to McNamara. It warms my heart. I got more emotional than what I expected to see so many families being able to receive, it truly reminds me of what this county is about and to be a part of the McNamara family, and a vessel to give back, I am just really grateful to be in service.” --Joy Gregory ’00.
"It is an amazing opportunity for District 25 and the county to come together. I am so happy for the Kevin Durant Foundation and his mother and everything that they contributed to this as well as my friend Councilman Calvin Hawkins, for him to pull this together, I am proud to be a part of this. It’s so many people right now dealing with issues for us to be able to give a little bit right now and that makes a big impact on everyone’s lives. I am thankful for Bishop McNamara’s support and big heart,” --Maryland Delegate Nick Charles, District 25.
“I am committed to helping the county even when the pandemic is over. This event is so important because we could be in the same situation if it were not for the grace of God.” --Wanda Durant, founder of the Wanda Durant The Real MVP Charity.
Enjoy a slideshow of the event below: