Today, that number has more than doubled with an average of 172 people taking advantage of the Salvation Army’s daily meals program, Lyle said.
The Salvation Army was one of 23 organizations that received grants that totaled $100,825 Thursday from the Community Foundation of Washington County, Md., Inc., which distributes money annually to community agencies.
The Salvation Army received $4,000 for its mid-day meal program, a service that Lyle said generates questions occasionally.
One question Lyle said he gets is people asking if all the people at the mid-day program are really needy.
Lyle told a crowd of about 50 people at a grant awards ceremony at The Arc of Washington County, Inc., about an elderly woman in the mid-day meal program who has to eat at the Salvation Army at least three or four days a week to make sure she can afford the medications she needs.
Another regular in the feeding program, a single mother, has to bring her children to the center to make sure they get enough daily nutrition, Lyle said.
“All those folks have a story to tell and they’re all very much a part of our community,” Lyle said.
The grants ranged from a low of $325 - awarded for a Rotary Club of Hagerstown literacy task force - to a high of $12,500, which went to The Arc of Washington County, Inc., for a new automobile washing and detailing facility that will allow individuals there to learn new job skills.
Two $10,000 grants went to the Washington County Community Action Council Inc. and Community Free Clinic Inc.
David Jordan, executive director of the Washington County Community Action Council, said the $10,000 that was awarded to the organization will be used to fund a summer meals program for county school students.
There are about 20,000 public school students in the county and about half qualify for free or reduced meals, Jordan said.
“So during the summer months when school is not in session, those children are not necessarily getting the food they need,” Jordan said.
The $10,000 that went to the Community Free Clinic will be used to purchase test strips and glucometers for diabetes patients, said clinic executive director Robin Roberson. The glucometers are needed because patients at the clinic often had different types of glucometers, which made it challenging to keep an adequate supply of all the different diabetes test strips that patients used, Roberson said.
Brad Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, said it is a challenge to dole out the money from the foundation because there are so many groups doing good work to address issues in the county.
A total of 45 applications requesting more than $300,000 in funding were reviewed in the process.
The grants awarded Thursday were directed to groups and programs addressing one or more strategies in a so-called Strategic Community Impact Plan. The plan focuses on areas such as education, arts and culture, family safety and security, health and well-being and the disabled population.
The Community Foundation of Washington County, Md., Inc. on Thursday provided 24 grants totaling $100,825 to community agencies.
In accordance with previous trustee approval, $5,000 was allocated to Imagination Library. The remaining $100,651 for this year’s unrestricted grants and an additional $174 went to the agencies listed below.
Following is a list of the agencies that received grants, the amount awarded to each, and the program for which it was awarded.
• Alzheimer’s Association, $2,500 for Alzheimer’s education and support for Washington County.
• Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation Inc., $1,000 for Barbara Ingram Summer arts Academy “Junior Camp.”
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, MD, Inc., $5,000 for site-based mentoring program.
• Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Inc., $5,000 for Building A Better Tomorrow STEM pilot program.
• Community Free Clinic Inc., $10,000 for a Diabetic Management Program.
• Comunidad Latina de Washington County, $5,000 for Diversity Project.
• Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County, Maryland, Inc., $5,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County.
• Girls Incorporated of Washington County, $6,000 for A Work of Heart.
• Girls on the Run of Washington County, $2,000 for membership support for low income girls.
• Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, $4,000 for A Brush With Kindness.
• Mason Dixon Workcamp 2013, $2,000 for Mason Dixon Workcamp 2013.
• QCI Behavioral Health, $2,000 for low-income assistance.
• Reach of Washington County, $3,000 for Shelter Case Management.
• Rotary Club of Hagerstown Charitable Foundation, $325 for Rotary Literacy Task Force for Early Childhood Literacy — RAMPS Books Project.
• The Arc of Washington County Inc., $12,500 for Auto Detailing Shop.
• The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Inc., $5,000 for MSO Music Education Partnership with Washington County Schools.
• The W House of Hagerstown Foundation Inc., $4,000 for Sexual Health in Recovery group.
• Walnut Street Community Health Center, $6,000 for Emergency Medication Fund.
• Washington County Community Action Council Inc. (CAC), $10,000 for Summer Feeding Program.
• Washington County Community Action Council Inc. (CAC), $2,000 for Learning Garden at Memorial Recreation Center (with CAC as fiscal agent).
• Washington County Family Center, $1,500 for Literacy for Life.
• Washington County Free Library, $1,000 for 2013 Summer Reading Club.
• YMCA, $2,000 for Hagerstown YMCA Achievers.
• Salvation Army, $4,000 for Mid-Day Meal Program.
Total Awards: $100,825
The money for unrestricted grants comes from the growth and earnings of community funds at the Community Foundation of Washington County. Currently, the organization has five such funds: CFWC Unrestricted Grants Fund, Waltersdorf Family Community Fund, Phoebe Steffey Community Fund, the Barkdoll Family Community Fund, and the WashCo Community Fund established by Certified Equity Commerce, LLP, to benefit the community.
The Community Foundation also acknowledged the support of the Pauline Anderson Foundation, which partners with the agency to make the grants possible, the release says.