LARS can assist individuals and families residing in the Greater Laurel area (zip codes 20707, 20708, 20723, and 20724) with food to help stretch their budgets to cover other critical expenses. Bread and baked goods deliveries are made to LARS weekly. Clients may stop by to pick up bread and baked goods as often as needed.
LARS provides food to eligible households on an individual basis, once every 30 days. The majority of food in the pantry is donated by individuals, schools, congregations, and community groups. LARS also receives state and county grants to purchase food, as well as food items from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
LARS makes every effort to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to our clients. Volunteers pick up produce from the Capital Area Food Bank on a bi-monthly basis throughout the year, and donations from Laurels Community Garden are frequently delivered during the spring and summer months. Partnerships with local grocery stores and restaurants also help keep our pantry stocked with fresh produce and healthy food options.
New clients must come prepared to their first visit with the following documents: Valid picture ID (adults 18 and older), Birth certificates (children 17 and younger), Social security cards for all household members, and proof of residence to verify Laurel address.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.