Fighting Hunger Since 1979We are the East Coast’s first food bank and lead the fight against hunger in Maryland. Join Us
Who We Are
The Maryland Food Bank is a non-profit organization leading the movement to end hunger in Maryland. We have an extensive network of community and organizational partners across the state that distribute food to the Marylanders who need us.
We supply the food to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and faith-based organizations that serve food-insecure Marylanders. We supplement this work with outreach programs that provide direct food assistance, educate the public on the importance of good nutrition, and fight hunger through innovative means.
Feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders.
How We Help
Community Hunger Intervention Programs
Learn about our carefully tailored programs, designed to address the immediate effects of hunger directly in local communities.
Ongoing Hunger Awareness Campaigns
The Maryland Food Bank’s fight against hunger takes on added momentum through ongoing awareness.
Improving the Lives of Marylanders
Meet some of the Marylanders who benefit from programs and activities provided by the Maryland Food Bank and see if you recognize the true face of hunger.
The Early Years: 1979 through the 80’s
The Maryland Food Bank was founded in 1979 as the first food bank on the East Coast. In its first year, the Maryland Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food to 38 assistance sites in Baltimore City. In 1981, the Maryland Food Bank expanded its focus, opening a branch on the Eastern Shore to better serve some of Maryland’s most impoverished counties. During much of the 1980s, the food bank worked to establish a strong foundation as the state’s central hunger-relief organization, building partnerships with food retailers and working with large agencies to create regional redistribution centers.
Establishing an Identity: The 90’s
For most of the ’90s, the Maryland Food Bank focused on building up its network of partners, teaming up with soup kitchens, shelters, and faith-based organizations across the state to distribute food to hungry Marylanders. During this time, MFB took on the Second Helping initiative and forged partnerships with Harvest for the Hungry and a host of other prominent hunger-relief organizations.
A Growing Impact: The 00’s
In 2004, the Maryland Food Bank again expanded, transferring its headquarters from a 52,000 square-foot facility in Baltimore City to the current 93,000 square-foot warehouse in Baltimore County. With the increased space, the new facility has given the Maryland Food Bank the capacity to accept, store and ultimately distribute more food, growing its impact significantly. Its location, just miles from the city and sandwiched between two major highways, has also enabled more efficient distribution statewide.
From 2008 to 2010, the Maryland Food Bank completed several capital improvements, including the expansion of the Eastern Shore branch’s freezer and the construction of the Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, a commercial-grade facility that allows us to reconstitute perishable foods into healthy frozen meals.
Forging a Hunger-Free Future: The 10’s and Beyond
In 2012, the Maryland Food Bank expanded its reach westward, merging with Food Resources in Hagerstown, MD. Since then, the Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch has more than doubled the output of food into Western, MD, distributing about 5.9 million meals in FY 2015 becoming the leading anti-hunger organization in the state.
With more than 40 years under its belt, the Maryland Food Bank has built strong relationships with local businesses and received food donations from a broad range of manufacturers, growers, retailers, wholesalers and individual communities statewide. Today, the Maryland Food Bank is the heart of Maryland’s food assistance structure, providing food to a network of more than 1,220 soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, and other community-based organizations across the state.
The Maryland Food Bank’s food distribution continues to increase every year, and the organization intends to expand its impact… until hunger ends.
What You Can Do
Our primary concern is making sure we have enough nutritious food to meet the growing need – both today, and for the foreseeable future. You can help ensure the safety net is there for those who may be facing food insecurity for the first time.
Just like COVID-19 has changed the world, we’ve changed the way we’re feeding Maryland. Our network partners, corporate supporters, and staff have really stepped up to ensure all Marylanders have enough to eat during this unprecedented crisis.
Help us meet the increasing need for food throughout this crisis
We need 13- to 60-year-olds to help sort food and perform various tasks
The American Rescue Plan contains four key provisions specifically designed to attack some of the root causes of hunger that have kept many of Maryland’s families and individuals trapped in cycles of food insecurity for generations. Find out what this plan means for Maryland.
While COVID-19 drastically disrupted MFB’s Volunteer Program at the start of the pandemic, our valiant volunteers quickly pivoted and stepped up to help the food bank accelerate the heightened levels of food distribution that were suddenly required.
This National Volunteer Month, we want to express our deep appreciation for these passionate volunteers and thank them for their unwavering dedication to helping feed Marylanders during this incredibly challenging time, and the four decades before.
Fiscal Year 2021 was a year unlike anything the Maryland Food Bank has seen in its more than 40 years of existence. COVID-19 drove an unprecedented number of Marylanders into food insecurity, but your generosity allowed us to rise up and meet the need.
While more and more individuals continue to visit food pantries across the state, MFB remains dedicated to tapping into potential populations of food-insecure Marylanders struggling to reach out due to psychological barriers. In this blog, we hear firsthand accounts from food recipients who overcame their fears and anxieties around asking for help to fulfill their basic needs.
We Need Your Help
Programs, campaigns, and educational outreach at the Maryland Food Bank has always relied on the philanthropic support of charitable individuals like you.
Much like our food distribution efforts, outreach activities at the Maryland Food Bank rely on generous donations of money and time.
We hope you’ll consider a contribution.