For Immediate Release

Holland Awards Dinner-October 19, 2017

For Immediate Release


Jen Harrington Grieb
Director of Resource Development


Community Action Council of Howard County Announces 2017 Humanitarian Service Award Recipients

Senator Guy Guzzone and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to Receive Award


COLUMBIA, Md. (August 28, 2017)  – The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is pleased to announce that it has selected Senator Guy Guzzone and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to receive the organization’s 2017 Humanitarian Service Award. Both Guzzone and Kittleman have distinguished themselves for the award through their commitment to securing a permanent location for the Howard County Food Bank.

Guzzone and Kittelman will be publicly recognized at the 22nd Annual Holland Award Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Turf Valley Conference Center. A social reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Howard County Food Bank moved into its new facility at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J Columbia, MD in November 2016. The new facility is approximately 8,000 square feet, three times larger than the previous location. A larger facility gave space to store more food, so CAC was able to extend their operating hours and serve more families. Since opening in the new location the Howard County Food Bank has seen a 22 percent increase in new family visits. In CAC’s 2017 Fiscal Year, the Howard County Food Bank provided more than 650,000 pounds of food to more than 27,000 individuals.

“There is no better illustration of championship than of Guy and Allan’s sustained support, over a four-year period, to raise public funds so the Community Action Council of Howard County could purchase a permanent location for the Howard County Food Bank, said Bita Dayhoff, President of CAC, “The road was long and at times very uncertain; however, their commitment to the cause never waned.”

The Humanitarian Award is named in recognition of Rev. Holland, an influential member of the Howard County community whose tireless service was an inspiration for many. Rev. Holland, who served 10 years as president of the local branch of the NAACP, passed away in 1987.

CAC is Howard County’s designated anti-poverty organization, serving more than 35,000 low-income individuals and families annually in Howard County. CAC provides many services, including early childhood education and food, housing, energy and weatherization assistance.

Sponsorships are available for the 2017 Holland Awards Dinner. To purchase tickets, visit CAC’s website at or contact Jen Grieb, CAC’s Director of Resource Development, at or 410-313-6174.


Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) was created in 1965 as Howard County’s designated anti-poverty agency. Our mission is to diminish poverty, enable self-sufficiency and advocate for low-income families and individuals. CAC provides services for more than 35,000 residents by running the Howard County Food Bank and 14 affiliated food pantries, administering a Head Start program for more than 300 pre-K children, offering energy/weatherization assistance and providing housing assistance. For more information about CAC, please visit or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.