Since 2008, Mary Harding has dedicated her time and energy to feeding the hungry. Back in 2008, Harding created a monthly gathering, aptly called “The Gathering,” at the VFW in Federalsburg, Md. It has since expanded to allow hundreds of people in this rural community the chance to enjoy a hot meal.
Susan Runnels, who nominated Harding for a 2019 WBOC Jefferson Award, which are presented annually to volunteers on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service, explained why Harding is deserving of recognition.
“She’s been doing this quite a while now because she recognizes the need,” Runnels said of Harding. “Poverty in Caroline County is huge, and with poverty comes hunger. Also, the socialization that the older generation needs. She provides that.”
Harding also organizes countless other events, including raising $100,000 to preserve Federalsburg’s beloved water tower.
“Anytime Mary recognizes a need in the community, she will go for it,” Runnels said.
Harding said giving back is in her Eastern Shore blood. Her husband, Jimmy, agrees, saying, “I think it is a wonderful thing.”
“I love to do. It’s just as simple as that,” Harding said. “It’s about giving to others.”
And that is what makes Harding a 2019 WBOC Jefferson Awards winner, which are presented annually to volunteers on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service.
About the Jefferson Awards
WBOC is proud to be a local partner of the Jefferson Awards, which are presented to unrecognized citizens on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The 2019 Jefferson Awards are made possible through the support of our local sponsor, Nanticoke Health Services.