Approach | Maryland Food Bank


We are improving the lives of all Marylanders by making sure everyone has access to nutritious food while providing solutions that address hunger in the first place.

We’re using new tools, new resources, and a wealth of data to make things better for Maryland’s children, individuals living in Communities of Color, older adults, and working families.

Nutrition Matters

What does it take to feed our neighbors in need?

3 Branches

Baltimore (central Maryland), Salisbury (Eastern Shore), and Hagerstown (western Maryland)

Nearly 1,100 Distribution Points

including approximately 360 community-based Network Partner sites

170 Staff

A hardworking and dedicated team

36,000+ Volunteer Hours


How do we get food to hungry Marylanders?

Distributing food from three locations across 21 counties and Baltimore city requires an inclusive approach with different solutions for different situations.

Network Partners

Approximately 360 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based organizations all across the state help provide relief to members of their communities who struggle to put food on their tables.

Distribution Programs

School Pantries, Pantry on the Go, Summer Clubs, and Supper Clubs offer our neighbors in need access to nutritious food in a variety of settings. We also help connect people with federal and state food assistance programs, such as TEFAP, SNAP Outreach, and DSS.

Maryland Food Bank Programs

Tailored programs ensure food-insecure Marylanders get the assistance they need.

Where does the food bank get food?

Until recently, our inventory was roughly equal percentages of donated, donated facilitated, and purchased, with the remainder coming from the USDA.

donated food on conveyor belt


Food comes from grocery and big box stores, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and our Farm to Food Bank Program.

purchased greens in warehouse


Food that MFB buys through relationships with manufacturers and distributors.

facilitated donated food

Facilitated Donated

Food that is recovered from local retailers by our Network Partners.

USDA federally sourced canned foods


Federally sourced food from large-scale manufacturers.

During the pandemic, our model shifted, and we had to purchase a much higher percentage of the food we distribute. We found that the increased flexibility and control over the types of food we purchase results in a more dignified experience, allowing people visiting our partners to make healthier choices. We are continuing to use this model, even with the ongoing increased costs.

Culturally Inclusive Crops Bring Nutrition, Familiarity to Neighbors in Need

Our Culturally Inclusive Crop Program provides neighbors in need with familiar, culturally relevant foods, that not only ease the burden of acquiring fresh produce (which can be prohibitively costly, if it is available at all), but also encourages healthier eating choices.

How do we know how much food to send into communities?

Recognizing that hunger looks different in western Maryland than it does in Baltimore or on the Eastern Shore, we take a regional approach to our food distribution efforts, dividing Maryland into five areas — Western, Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern.

With data gleaned from our Maryland Hunger Map, we work with our local partners in each region to help determine which of our existing programs or distribution methods will work best in their community. Additionally, we connect partners with nearby social service organizations that can help their neighbors in need address the root causes that are driving them to hunger in the first place.

And we’re continuing to innovate, and offer new approaches, such as Mobile Markets and versioned Back Up Boxes.

The Maryland Hunger Map

This resource is helping us do more for our neighbors, and we’re excited to have you explore the map to learn more about hunger.

How Can You Help?

Our ability to expand access to nutritious food while providing solutions for those in need relies on continued partnerships and support from Marylanders like you.

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Latest Food Distribution News

Healthy Snacks & Meals: Neighbor Voice = Better Choice

Healthy Snacks & Meals: Neighbor Voice = Better Choice

Everyone appreciates the ability to simply “grab and go” during busy times—but most ready-to-eat snacks and meals are unhealthy: packed with preservatives, sodium and sugar. Our Healthy Snacks & Meals initiative will offer neighbors healthier, convenient choices.

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When the Key Bridge Fell, the Food Safety Net Stood Up

When the Key Bridge Fell, the Food Safety Net Stood Up

The Key Bridge collapse is a tragic event that will have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. Thankfully, due to the generosity of our donors, supporters, and our friends in Annapolis, the Maryland Food Bank and its statewide food safety net stands ready to offer assistance and support to neighbors – both every day, and in times of heightened need.

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