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Helping Hands: Operation Earnie’s Plate

As the winter months are approaching, the need for food is increasing for families. Eric and his wife, Bridgette, have been feeding 1000s of people every day for the last six years through their nonprofit, Operation Earnie’s Plate.

They feed 2,000 to 3,000 people in just one month. Due to the rising prices of groceries, Hawkins shared that the need is growing throughout the community. 

“We have received 50 to 60 calls for Thanksgiving,” Hawkins said. “This is the busiest time of the year because when the winter gets here, you’re talking [about] the homeless community – socks, blankets, and tents.”

We were inspired by what Operation Earnie’s Plate is doing to improve our community and wanted to lend a hand. Joel Bassam surprised them with a special message on the 7News Helping Hand.

“Operation Earnie’s Plate is such an amazing organization,” Bassam said. “Feeding those that are hungry is such a noble cause and something that I really have a personal attachment to, both myself and my family, and doing so right in Prince George’s County. It’s simply amazing and we are so happy to support you. We want to donate $2,200 to your cause so you can continue to feed those who are hungry. Keep doing the amazing work you are doing.”

Holding back tears Eric was shared that we have no idea how much this donation is needed. To learn more about Operation Earnie’s Plate and how you can help visit earniesplate.org.