The Clean Drain Campaign is off to a great start! We have collected 360 pledges from Baltimore residents as of 3/26/2017. Gedco CARES has taken an early lead in the Clean Drain Campaign, collecting close to 100 pledges in the first 10 days of the pledge drive.
We will be collecting pledges through April 16th. If you haven't made your pledge yet, click here!
Ten Baltimore food pantries have signed up to participate in the 2017 Clean Drain Campaign! They are:
Starting on March 16th, Baltimore residents can take the Clean Drain pledge on this website and assign the pledge to one of these participating pantries. The pantries will split $6,000 in prizes donated by our sponsors.
Don't forget when the pledge drive opens! Click here to sign up for a reminder.
Pantries have until February 17 to register for a chance to earn cash donations and help protect city waterways
The Baltimore Clean Drain Campaign is offering a chance to help Baltimore’s food banks and food pantries feed the hungry, while also taking steps that will help reduce sewer overflows and basement backups.
“Many Baltimoreans don’t realize the consequences of grease or wipes in their plumbing,” said Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. “With this campaign, we’re inviting food pantries to help spread the word to Baltimore residents.”
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) left over from cooking and poured down drains, as well as wipes that are flushed down toilets, are key contributors to sewer clogs. City residents who pledge to put FOG in the trash, and to keep wipes out of toilets will trigger a cash donation to a local food pantry selected by the resident. Plus, they’ll keep the drains and sewers operating much more effectively when they adopt these better disposal strategies.
Food pantries in Baltimore are being offered a chance to earn money that they can use to buy food for the hungry through the Clean Drain Campaign (www.CleanDrainCampaign.org). Managers of food pantries are invited to visit the Clean Drain Campaign website and click the “Register” button. There is no cost to register, and the only follow-up task for the food pantries is to encourage clients and donors to pledge to properly dispose of FOG and wipes, and to select them as the recipient of that donation.
Food pantries have until Friday, Feb. 17, to register. Food pantry managers may also email info@CleanDrainCampaign.org for further details.
“I am excited for this opportunity for our residents to help feed their neighbors and also help keep our streams cleaner just by adopting better waste disposal strategies,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “I look forward to having food pantries respond to this opportunity to help feed the hungry, while spreading the word about keeping FOG and wipes out of the sewers.”
Money for the donations comes from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Walmart and food donations come from MOM’s. People who make pledges do not also need to contribute money; they just need to select their favored food pantry and make good on their pledges to properly dispose of FOG and wipes. The campaign will be open to residents in March.
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works will soon announce the official opening of the Clean Drain Campaign. Local food pantries can earn donations of groceries or money from our sponsors in return for encouraging their customers and supporters to pledge to do their part to protect their homes and the environment.
Any local food pantry is eligible to participate, but you do have to register. Click the registration button above and fill out the form by January 31, 2017 to join in the Clean Drain Campaign. We'll provide participating food pantries with promotional materials they can use to solicit pledges.
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