UPDATED: Smoke Out Hunger 2013 March 22-24 at Drapers & Civil Lounge (NEW DATES)

Smoke Out LogosW. Curtis Draper Tobacconist and Civil Cigar Lounge are proud to join forces with Jerry Cruz of StogieReview.com and Miami Cigar & Company on Smoke Out Hunger 2013. The concept is simple, visit your local W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist shop or Civil Cigar Lounge during business hours March 22-24 and, in exchange for three (3) cans of non-perishable food, Miami Cigar & Company will give you a complimentary cigar (while supplies last).

Non-perishable food items will benefit Manna Food Center, Montgomery County’s main food bank. See Manna’s Wish List here.

(Must be of legal age to participate. Management reserves the right to withhold complimentary cigar if legal age cannot be verified upon request.)

Hunger 101 (Courtesy of Manna Food Center)

In Montgomery County, one of the most affluent counties in the country, hunger is around every corner. Many of the people that need food assistance in our community are families, senior citizens on a fixed budget, people who have mental or physical disabilities, people going through a temporary crisis, and the working poor. The weakened economy, increased unemployment rate, and high costs of living in Montgomery County have made it difficult for many to afford their basic needs.

There are many people in our community who must make choices everyday between having enough to eat and buying the medicine they need. Others find they must choose between paying utility bills or grocery bills.

One in three students attending Montgomery County Public Schools qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch (32.3%). This is a true indication of the poverty that exists in our community.

Each month, there are thousands of people in Montgomery County relying on emergency food programs to put food on the table for their families.

For struggling families, hunger is a harsh reality they face every day.