With the closure of so many businesses and the loss of countless jobs this year, millions of individuals nationwide have been struggling to meet their basic needs—including putting food on the table. Currently, the employees and owners of numerous small businesses in Prince George’s County are suffering financially due to the pandemic, and many of them are experiencing food insecurity. Thankfully, residents who’ve been more fortunate have an easy way to support their neighbors (and local restaurants) in this crisis—contributing to the Greater Riverdale Cares & Route One Communities Care (GRC + ROCC) initiative.
GRC + ROCC, also known as “Feed Route One,” is a program designed to help feed people in need while simultaneously supporting local restaurants in the College Park-Riverdale area. This effort, which started out as Greater Riverdale Cares, has raised over $50,000 on its GoFundMe page, sponsoring the distribution of close to 5,000 meals. Each week, participating restaurants receive a stipend to produce these meals, and the food is then donated to churches and other sites that serve people who are facing hunger.
Since the program launched at the beginning of April, it has expanded into Hyattsville and College Park, amplifying its positive impact along Baltimore Avenue. Local restaurants Marathon Deli, Krazi Kebob, and Food Factory are the three College Park favorites currently involved in Feed Route One, which means that your donation could help keep these beloved Greek and Pakistani restaurants open, and allow them to share their delicious food with those who need it most.
To support this initiative and find out more information, visit the official fundraiser page. As the organization says, “together, we can support our local businesses, feed our neighbors, and demonstrate that Greater Riverdale Cares and Route One Communities Care.”