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
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.
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.
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 You
Join the Movement and Help Transform Our State
Join the Movement
Take the #ItTakesMore Challenge and show what a big difference little acts of kindness can make for our hungry neighbors.
40th Anniversary Donors and Sponsors
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
Sandy Spring Bank
ShopRite Partners In Caring
Jennifer and David Dardis
Kim and Bill Dockman
Tom and Dori Kelso
Peter and Beth Rosenwald
Keith and Jenny Shapiro
The Shelter Foundation Inc.
Colleen and Rick Smulovitz
Group Benefit Services, Inc.
Harris Teeter, Inc.
Andrew W. Holmes
Don and Yvonne Hughes
Carolyn and John Maroon
Merritt Properties, Inc.
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
JP Morgan Chase
Andy S. Meister
Saratoga Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Jeff and Jeanne Weiner
Andrea H. Williams
Follow Our 40-Week Anniversary Journey
Our 40th anniversary marks a change in the way we fight hunger. Join us for the ride.