Hunger Relief in Western Maryland
The Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch’s service area includes some of the biggest cities in Western Maryland: Frederick, Middletown, Thurmont, Hagerstown, Cumberland, and Oakland.
Since opening in 2012, this branch of the Maryland Food Bank has been able to significantly increase food distribution and provide more access to food aid in Western Maryland than ever before.
In its first year, the Western Branch doubled food distribution in the region. Currently, its partner network of schools, pantries, senior homes, soup kitchens, and shelters stands at 142. In addition, the branch has organized mobile pantries, school pantries, senior pantries, and TEFAP distributions.
We’ve established a strong foundation for continued growth and expansion, and we are dedicated to continuing this pattern.
Western Branch Hunger by the Numbers
- Nearly 44,000 individuals in the Western Branch service area are food-insecure.
- Of those struggling with hunger, more than 17,000 are children.
- The Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch distributed more than 7.1 million meals in FY19, through 142 distribution points.
- Hungry families in the region miss a total of about 8.6 million meals each year.