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How to Help the Needy AND Local Grocery Stores

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by Sandra and David Lange

Turning $1,200 into Grocery Store Gift Cards

Recently the News Review published a letter from Jon Bell. Jon recommended donating the $1,200 that most of us recently received from the IRS. Jon’s donation had a double benefit because he purchased 12 debit (“gift”) cards from Co-op – each for $100 – and gave them to the food pantry at St. Hugh’s. The second benefit is the increase in sales to the Co-op.

We plan to follow his example, so that 24 people will each receive $100 in food value and the Co-op will receive $2,400 in sales.

All the larger grocery stores in Greenbelt sell debit/gift cards, perhaps for different values. And two additional stores serve different parts of Greenbelt: Giant (Beltway Plaza), Safeway (Greenway Center).


Where to Donate the Gift Cards

There are two food pantries in or near Greenbelt:

St. Hugh’s Pantry Entrance


Ladies of Charity St. Hugh’s Catholic Church, 135 Crescent Road. (Rectory Pantry), Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 pm. Envelopes with grocery store gift cards may be deposited in the mail slot on the right side of the Parish House – see asterisks in photo above. Do not use the front door.

Berwyn Presbyterian Church


Rear of Berwyn Presbyterian Church

Help By Phone at Berwyn Presbyterian Church, 6301 Greenbelt Road. Open Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Just before McDonald’s, turn into 63rd Avenue, enter the church parking lot and find pantry entrance on the right side of the church. You’ll see a sign for the pantry and a white door.

Need a Ride?

The City of Greenbelt offers a 12-passenger, wheelchair accessible van that operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To arrange for transportation with the Greenbelt Connection, residents can register at least 24 hours in advance for pickup by calling 301-474-4100. Senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and children (6 to 18 years) $1 each way. All others $2 each way. The Greenbelt Connection does not operate on holidays observed by the city.

Originally published in the April 23, 2020 issue of the Greenbelt News Review. 

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