Faith-Based Honoree Rev. Kendra Smith (Montgomery)
Rev. Kendra Smith serves as a Go Lead at Kingdom Fellowship AME Church. She was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the Faith-Based category. Rev. Smith’s selection for this award is based on outstanding volunteer coordination and service to the families in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in a meaningful way, making a tremendous impact in their lives.
Each weekend, Rev. Kendra Smith brings her abundance of excitement and energy to serve “as if it’s [her] first week doing it.” She has rallied groups of volunteers, leaders, inspiring staff and partners to show up week after week to meet and ensure access to food and other vital services. Her nominator praised her for her “Passion. Faith. Creativity. Vision.”
Since March 2020, with her leadership, Kingdom Fellowship AME Church has provided nearly ½ MILLION POUNDS (439,725 lbs!) of free groceries to over 33,000 households at five distribution sites. Several groups of volunteers come together to distribute food items to families from different community and cultural backgrounds. On behalf of Kingdom Fellowship, Rev. Smith has formed partnerships with many community stakeholders to make the Kingdom Cares work possible including: East County Regional Services Center, Montgomery County Recreation, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Food Council, Manna Food Center, Nourish Now, Capital Area Food Bank, The TPM Group, Share Food Network, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, and East County Food Access Providers.