Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, inc. (SEED)

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About Us

SEED was created in 1997 as an outreach organization, designed to impact and provide services to the community served by Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ in Riverdale, Maryland and the surrounding areas. The organization was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service as an independent nonprofit organization in 1997.

SEED's Board Chairman Emeritus and Refreshing Spring Pastor, Bishop James E. Jordan, Jr. reactivated SEED in 2004 and placed many of the church's community service activities under its umbrella. The Refreshing Spring Food Pantry, Coat of Many Colors Clothes Closet, the church's summer camp and the Little Folks Child Development Center were all transferred from the church to SEED. At that time, the names of the pantry, camp, and school were changed to the SEED Food Distribution Center, SEED Summer Camp and the SEED Learning Academy (SLA) respectively.

SEED began daily operations on June 7, 2004, in the Refreshing Spring Professional Building, 6201 Riverdale Road, Suite 200, Riverdale, MD 20737. As a result of an aggressive strategic planning process with a reactivated Board of Directors, SEED was organized with the following goals:

  • Provide academic advancement opportunities to area children and youth during the school year and the summer months;
  • Provide emergency services in the areas of food, clothing as well as outreach and public education in the areas of health care and nutrition for families;
  • Provide education and counseling to first time homebuyers, families facing foreclosure and individual and youth financial capability training; and
  • Develop and rehabilitate affordable housing for area residents and seniors.

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Our Impact

In 2017,

  • 5,800 households were served throughout Prince George's County, MD, and Detroit, MI with 7,100 new clients;
  • 410,000 pounds of emergency food and 40,000 pounds of fresh produce were provided through the SEED Food Distribution Center, the EXCEL Family Market in Prince George's County and the SEED Monthly Mobile Pantry in Detroit;
  • 77,000 diapers were distributed to area families;
  • Outreach was conducted to more than 15,000 families regarding insurance options through the Maryland Health Exchange;
  • 632 families enrolled in health insurance;
  • 424 scholars attended EXCEL Academy Public Charter School;
  • 110 scholars participated in the SEED Summer Bridge Enrichment Program in Riverdale, Landover, and Detroit;
  • 200 families received Thanksgiving baskets;
  • 140 children received free toys at Christmas;
  • 200 first-time homebuyers were educated through pre-purchase counseling;
  • 63 households facing foreclosure received counseling and assistance; and
  • 179 individuals received financial literacy training.

SEED clients are served in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi, French, and Chinese.