DPSCS Secretary to tour Public Safety Works project that benefits Maryland Food Bank

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Towson, MD (June 28, 2011) – A crew of about 10 pre-release offenders started planting and harvesting crops at the Bob Taylor Farm in Federalsburg mid-May, the fruits of their labor intended for the Maryland Food Bank.

The owner of the farm is donating the use of his farm, with the Division of Correction (DOC) supplying the labor. All the crops will go to the Maryland Food Bank, so hundreds of thousands of hungry Marylanders will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables this summer and fall.

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Secretary Gary D. Maynard and DOC Commissioner J. Michael Stouffer plan to tour the farming operation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29.

Members of the media are invited. Please RSVP to Erin Julius, listed on attached. The Secretary, Commissioner and inmates will be available for interviews.

The week of the tour, inmates could be harvesting broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, and summer squash. They have already planted string beans, lima beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon.

Maryland Food Bank provides food to about 600,000 Marylanders per week, about 500,000 of whom live below the federal poverty line.

Offenders gathering food to benefit hungry Marylanders fits well as part of Maynard’s Public Safety Works initiative. Pre-release inmates across the state clean Veterans cemeteries, plant trees, tend retired racehorses, and provide maintenance to small towns under this initiative. The inmates gain valuable employment experience while helping improve communities and care for Maryland’s natural resources.