It’s the season of giving, and last month McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore office continued a philanthropic tradition that spreads warmth each year. On November 14, they held their 5th Annual Chili Cook-off, an event that benefits Meals on Wheels Central Maryland. Employees sign up to bring in their variety of chili and participants pay to sample and then vote for their favorites. This year, nearly $600 was raised.


The first Chili Cook-off was held in 2012, and in the four years since, a total of $2,400 has been raised. Additionally, volunteers in McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore office assist Meals on Wheels by delivering to 8-10 homes twice a month. Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,500 meals a day and prepares over a million meals a year, and McCormick Taylor’s teams have logged 312 delivery hours over 1,040 miles.


But the organization is about more than just the meal. Volunteers also assist with grocery shopping, pet food, waste management, upgrades and repairs to homes, companionship, and more. Companionship is an especially important aspect of the charity, as for many recipients that interaction could be their only contact that day, or even that week in some situations.