BALTIMORE, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This November, 400 families will receive a turkey and all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving meal, thanks to the generous donation provided by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Parish Conference at Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia and the BJ's Wholesale Clubs in Baltimore, Canton and Owings Mills. Earlier today, BJ's presented a check to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need just in time for Thanksgiving.
Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia's Parish Conference, under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, assists families in the community in need of food. More than 765 volunteer members at 38 parish-based St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Conferences, part of the larger National St. Vincent de Paul Society Network, provide a network of support for people suffering from the effects of poverty in communities throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Conference members provide food, utility and rent assistance, and other items of necessity to help neighbors in need through difficult times. One in four children in Baltimore is at risk of hunger and one in eight Maryland households face a constant hunger battle. Among them are Baltimore residents who live in "food deserts" or neighborhoods whose residents lack access to affordable and healthy foods due to the lack of supermarkets with fresh foods, access to transportation, and low household income. The challenges of hunger extend beyond those unable to afford food to include those whose only food options are ones that lack nutrition. "We look forward to providing hundreds of families with a Thanksgiving meal this giving season," said St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore President & CEO John Schiavone. "BJ's is a wonderful community partner to both St. Vincent de Paul and our parish conferences." Through charitable giving, community relations programs, product donations and grants from BJ's Charitable Foundation®, BJ's Wholesale Club supports and enhances programs that provide vital services within each community. They focus primarily on children and families with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact.