Ravens Fan Club offers free Thanksgiving groceries to Baltimore families

BALTIMORE– Ravens fans gave back to the Baltimore community by packing and delivering hundreds of meals to deserving families on Saturday.

It’s an annual tradition that not only helps with food insecurity, but makes volunteers happy to lend a helping hand to families in these difficult economic times.

Rising with the morning sun, dozens of volunteers with Ravens Roost 50 layered in purple gear to pack Thanksgiving groceries for 400 families across Baltimore.

Eight pallets of cans and products were delivered by Shoppers Food to start the assembly line.

The supermarket chain also donated $4,000 to support the effort.

All the Thanksgiving classics like yams, green beans and gravy are neatly packed in each bag.

But that tradition also inspires former Ravens Roost 50 members to take a 350-mile trip home to Baltimore just to help out.

Karen and Steve Pearce / From North Carolina

“Your time is free,” said Karen Pearce. “Everything you do as a volunteer is a good thing. And it costs nothing. Everyone should do it. Pay it forward.”

Karen and her husband, Steve, moved to North Carolina eight years ago to retire.

But each November, they swap out sandals for closed-toe boots to once again endure the Baltimore winter with their old band.

“I just enjoy the camaraderie and it’s just a great cause worth having,” Pearce said. “It feels good to know that we can help families in a small way.”

Each bag also contains a gift card to allow the family to purchase the protein of their choice.

As Shoppers Food Store Manager and Treasurer of Ravens Roost 50, John Purvis understands the pressure families feel on their pockets.

“Prices have gone up so much that people won’t be able to afford it,” Purvis said. “I, as the manager of a grocery store, can see how people struggle to make decisions. They get up to sign up. They leave things behind and think I really can’t do it. allow.”

In June, the organization contacted schools to determine how many families were in need.
Now, days before Thanksgiving, volunteers have packed their cars and delivered meals to 14 schools as well as a handful of churches and shelters.

Christy J. Olson