Celebrating 40 Years | Maryland Food Bank

Celebrating 40 Years

It Takes More Than Food To End Hunger

The Maryland Food Bank’s 40th anniversary marks an ambitious new chapter in our history. It’s a celebration of what we’ve grown to be and where we hope to go.

What started in 1979 with the distribution of donuts from a garage in Baltimore City has evolved into an organization that brings enough resources and partners together to distribute more than 102,000 meals every day.

We are proud of the work we’ve done in the last four decades and are excited to take on new approaches to solving hunger in our state. We understand that food insecurity affects every aspect of our society and we know that it will take more than food to fight the devastation of hunger.

Celebrating 40 Years: It Takes More Than Food to End Hunger Video

Thanks to our 40th Anniversary donors, we’re building the food bank of the future for Maryland.


It Takes The Entire State

Fighting Hunger Throughout Maryland

Despite living in one of the wealthiest states in the nation, there are more than 665,000 Marylanders that go to bed unsure of where their next meal will come from.

And while some may believe that hunger is just an urban or rural problem, it is pervasive throughout every county in Maryland and affects every demographic. To combat this, we work with a vast network of supporters, corporate donors, and partners — providing food assistance from Salisbury on the Eastern Shore to Hagerstown out west.

Over the next 40 weeks, we’ll take a closer look at the innovative ways we’re fighting hunger across the state.


Besides distributing more nutritious food, we plan to leverage our vast network to offer solutions that address the “root causes” of food insecurity.

- Carmen Del Guercio

President & CEO, MFB

A Closer Look at Hunger in Maryland (VIDEO)

Hunger impacts us all, and in very different ways. See who really is food insecure in Maryland and the ways the Maryland Food Bank and its partners are finding new solutions for our neighbors in need. You can help us provide more pathways out of hunger for more Marylanders.


It Takes A Net

It’s Only Possible With Feet On the Ground

We know that we are only as strong as our network. That’s why we work with more than a thousand community partners that enable us to distribute food to 21 counties and Baltimore City. With the help of neighborhood food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and shelters — we are able to address hunger at the local level.

We wouldn’t be able to get food to communities in need without our partner retailers and wholesalers that have donated millions of dollars of food over the last 40 years.

Thanks to our interconnected relationships, we’ve grown from an organization that distributed 400,000 pounds of food in its inaugural year to one that provides that same amount of food in less than a week.


It Takes Pathways

FoodWorks, Our Culinary Training Program, is Leading the Way

We believe that training a kitchen of unlikely chefs can chip away at generations of poverty — so we created FoodWorks, a 12-week culinary training program that provides professional training and job readiness skills for low-income individuals.

Since FoodWorks was created, more than 200 students have graduated — and many are now working in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Maryland. What’s more, our students are not only lifting themselves and their families out of the cycles of poverty, they are actively fighting hunger in their communities. In fact, every graduating class leaves our Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen having prepared thousands of nutritious meals for hungry children, seniors, and families across Maryland.

As we move forward, this program will only grow — and with each graduating class, we’ll be one step closer to providing a sustainable pathway out of hunger.


It Takes Doing the Right Thing

Our Volunteers and Community Partners Lift Up Our Mission

We’ll need more supporters like you who do the right thing, not because it looks good on paper but because it is good.
Supporters who spend their afternoon sorting food in our warehouse or gleaning at one of our partner farms. Businesses who donate dollars and time to fuel hunger-fighting programs, and individuals who make a monthly Sustainers gift to ensure our neighbors have a steady supply of nutritious food.  
Whatever you choose — from simple acts to grand gestures and everything in between — we could not be on this path to end hunger without you rallying around our cause.


Our preferred way of giving is to Maryland-based organizations, like the Maryland Food Bank, to help families, especially parents with children, who want to better their own lives and create better futures for their children.

- Ken and Suzanne Molino Singleton


It Takes Tired Muscles & Elbow Grease

Nutritious Food From the Eastern Shore and Beyond

We’re not only focused on the amount of food we distribute, but the quality of food we provide our neighbors. That’s where our Farm to Food Bank Program comes in. Here’s how:

Working with more than 50 local farms, we’re able to buy, glean, and salvage fresh produce. And thanks to this ecosystem, we’re able to produce a steady stream of nutritious food for food-insecure Marylanders while reducing food waste on our partner farms.

None of this would be possible without the dedication of our farmers, volunteers, and supporters. The best part? We’re only getting started


It Takes An Open Heart

And Partners Standing With Us

It’ll take digging deeper — in our pockets and purses as well as our passions and principles — to ensure that programs that tackle hunger continue.

From corporate partners throughout the state to individual donors and supporters, we’re able to work with food pantries, shelters, and schools throughout the state.

This will require more partners willing to stand with us and with each other.


It Takes A Village

Maryland’s Anti-Hunger Movement Continues to Grow

Make Your Mark

Join our monthly giving community and transform lives in your local community with nutritious food and hunger-fighting solutions.

We need to realize that everyone is our neighbor, no matter how far away their communities are — or how different they look from the one we see outside our front door. To uplift food-insecure communities throughout Maryland, we’ll need anti-hunger advocates from every corner of the state.

Today, the Maryland Food Bank is hosting our first It Takes More Day of Service, where employees traveled across central Maryland to tackle a variety of volunteer projects at Network Partner sites, tasks like reorganizing pantry shelves, landscaping, and cleaning. On this episode of Entreéductions, learn more about the #ItTakesMore Day of Service.

Posted by Maryland Food Bank on Thursday, September 12, 2019


It Takes Showing Up

Committing to the Cause Means Showing Up and Taking Action

Our voices need to be heard — and our actions need to be felt — from one side of the Bay to the other. Learn what our supporters are doing and how you can get involved.


It Takes A Seat At The Table

Save a Seat at the Table for a Hungry Neighbor in Need

The key to change is knowledge, understanding, and compassion for those facing everyday challenges and what it means to be food insecure. We’ll need our supporters to be a catalyst for that change.


It Takes You

Join the Movement and Help Transform Our State

Be part of the movement to end hunger in Maryland with your time, your voice, and your generosity.

Join the Movement

Take the #ItTakesMore Challenge and show what a big difference little acts of kindness can make for our hungry neighbors.


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40th Anniversary Donors and Sponsors





Kahlert Foundation, Inc.

Weis Markets


Allegis Group Foundation

Alliance Material Handling, Inc.

Brandenburg Family Charitable Fund

Carmen and Alicia Del Guercio

Brendan and Dana Foley

Ellen and Lawrence Macks

Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

Hittman Family Foundation


Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

M&T Charitable Foundation

Safeway Foundation


Sandy Spring Bank

ShopRite Partners In Caring

Transamerica Foundation

Jennifer and David Dardis

Kim and Bill Dockman


Tom and Dori Kelso


Mitzi Perdue

Peter and Beth Rosenwald

Keith and Jenny Shapiro

The Shelter Foundation Inc.

Colleen and Rick Smulovitz

Brown Advisory


Fulton Bank

Group Benefit Services, Inc.

Harris Teeter, Inc.

Andrew W. Holmes

Don and Yvonne Hughes

Kaiser Permanente

Carolyn and John Maroon

Merritt Properties, Inc.

Piedmont Airlines

Laurie and Steve Schwalb


T. Rowe Price

Thrasher's French Fries

Anne and Chris West

3 Point Products

Agency Insurance Company

Atlas Restaurant Group

Andrew and Sherri Cohen


Tere Geckle

Jacqueline Fowler


JP Morgan Chase

Andy S. Meister

PepsiCo, Inc.

Saratoga Insurance Brokers, Inc.

SunTrust Foundation

Jeff and Jeanne Weiner

Andrea H. Williams

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