The Frederick Food Security Network (FFSN) of Hood College has received a $5,000 grant from the Capital Group, one of the largest investment management organizations in the world.

Connie Ray, FFSN’s manager, said the grant will allow the group to continue greenhouse operations through 2020 and grow and distribute more produce.

“The Frederick Food Security Network has come to play an important role in combating food insecurity in Frederick, but in order to keep that up, we rely on grants ... to keep us going,” Ray said in a statement.

According to a press release, the FFSN distributed more than 2,900 pounds of produce to the community in the 2019 growing season, which reached about 840 people.

The grant was recommended to the Capital Group by one of their employees, Christopher Guidry, who is a 2018 Hood alumnus.

“The FFSN ... looks at the core issues and causes of food insecurity and uses logical, yet thoughtful approaches to combat the issue,” Guidry said in a statement. “The FFSN is working toward lasting solutions and is not just attempting to treat the aftereffects of food insecurity.”

— Katryna Perera

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