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.
What does it take to feed our neighbors in need?
Baltimore (central Maryland), Salisbury (Eastern Shore), and Hagerstown (western Maryland)
Nearly 1,200 Distribution Points
food distribution points, including approximately 320 community-based Network Partner sites
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.
Approximately 320 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.
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.
The company I worked for closed last year, and while I have been able to find part-time work, it’s not enough to cover my rent, my bills, and be able to get food at the grocery store. I honestly don’t know how my daughter and I would get by if the Maryland Food Bank wasn’t out here today.”
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.
Food comes from grocery and big box stores, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and our Farm to Food Bank Program.
Food that MFB buys through relationships with manufacturers and distributors.
Food that is recovered from local retailers by our Network Partners.
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.
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.
Help support our efforts.
Latest Food Distribution News
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Meet the MFB Family: Flo Vickers
Fore more than 12 years, Flora “Flo” Vickers was the Salisbury Superwoman to so many neighbors on the Eastern Shore. Learn more about her as you continue to meet the MFB Family.
Amplifying Voices as a Catalyst for Change: The MFB Speakers Bureau
The MFB Speakers Bureau was created to strengthen communities by incorporating neighbor voices into our work and decision-making processes as an organization—everything from providing feedback on our feeding programs to statewide advocacy efforts.
Did You Know These Common Myths About Food Insecurity?
You might be surprised to learn that food banks do so much more than provide food.
Quarterly Maryland Food Access Webinars are hosted by the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) Programs Team and feature representatives from MFB, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Maryland Office of People’s Counsel (OPC), MFB Network Partners, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and more.