Melwood Donates Thousands of Vegetable and Flowering Plants to Hospitals, Food Pantries in Response to COVID-19

Melwood Donates Thousands of Vegetable and Flowering Plants to Hospitals, Food Pantries in Response to COVID-19

May 26, 2020

UPPER MARLBORO, MD, May 26, 2020 – Melwood is proud to be donating thousands of vegetable and flowering plants grown by people with disabilities to DC area hospitals, food pantries, group homes and nursing homes. “It’s more important than ever to reach out to those who need our help, thank the healthcare workers on the front lines and bring a little cheer to seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Melwood’s President and CEO, Cari DeSantis adding, “We salute our brothers and sisters on the front lines keeping the nation safe from the coronavirus.” Each day, hundreds of Melwood employees with disabilities are responsible for sanitizing more than 60 federal buildings and military bases in the DC area so the essential federal workers can go about doing the nation’s business.

According to Clarissa Mitchell, CEO of EPIC, a Maryland based group home and service provider, “The flowers were beautiful, and they came at the perfect time to breathe a little life back into our team members and the people we support. COVID-19 has been at the forefront of many of our lives and to step away and have something else to focus on really helped diminish our stress.”

Throughout April and May, thousands of vegetable plants have been delivered to:

  • The Capital Christian Fellowship Food Pantry in Lanham, Maryland
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

While hundreds of flowering plants have been delivered to hospitals including:

  • Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC
  • George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC
  • University of Maryland Capital Region Health buildings in Prince George’s County, Bowie and Laurel Maryland
  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland


And hundreds more donated to group homes and nursing homes including:

  • Spring Dell Center in La Plata, Maryland
  • Charles County HARC
  • EPIC in Brandywine in Maryland
  • Arc of Southern Maryland
  • Melwood also supplied plants to Plants and Blooms ReImagined who distributed them to:
    • Deanwood Rehabilitation Center
    • Unique Rehabilitation and Wellness Center
    • Seabury Friendship Terrace Senior Center Assisted Living and Seabury Home First Residency

“With National Nurses Week running May 6 –12 and May being Mental Health Awareness Month, this was the perfect time for Melwood to show our appreciation to the health care workers and to cheer up those who may be feeling isolated and lonely during these troubled times,” said DeSantis.


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