By Sean Yoes
AFRO Baltimore Editor
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City agencies have provided free food (see afro.com for a list of agencies providing food) for thousands of city residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic crisis. But, several private organizations have also stepped up in this time of need.

Two of those organizations that have provided free meals include the Matthew Henson A. Community Development Corporation (MAHCDC) in West Baltimore and the Langston Hughes Community, Business and Resource Center in Northwest Baltimore.

Volunteers distribute meals to city residents at the Easterwood/Sandtown Park and Playground in West Baltimore. (MAHCDC/Bigmikewife)

According to Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of MAHCDC and a veteran community leader, the organization via the generosity of the Baltimore Francisican Center (who prepared the meals), distributed more than 1,500 meals last week, 11:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M., March 16 through March 20. Food distribution took place at the Easterwood/Sandtown Park and Playground, 1515-1557 N. McKean Ave.

George Mitchell, president of the Langston Hughes Community, Business and Resource Center has been serving needy residents hot meals for years in the Park Heights community. But, he and his organization realizes the need is even greater during the coronavirus outbreak.

“During this time of crisis, we are aware that times are harder than normal,” Mitchell said in a statement. “It is our goal to not only provide breakfast and lunch to youth, 18-years old and under. We are also providing for the whole family through our food pantries.”

According to Mitchell, Breakfast is available Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Lunch is available 12:30p.m.- 3:30p.m. For more information on the Langston Hughes for distribution call: 443.759.8921.