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What is the Farm to Food Bank Program?
The Farm to Food Bank Program engages farms across the state to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, local produce to. By combining field gleanings, donations and contract growing, these farms supply high quality, nutritious food to communities in need across the state.
Participating farmers get access to food bank resources and can call upon our team to pick up donated produce at any time.
Distributing Fresh Produce
Once the produce is in our care, we mobilize our partners and programs to make sure that we get it to hungry Marylanders while it’s still fresh! Here’s how:
- Our Network Partners – Soup kitchens, schools, pantries and shelters, work with us to serve thousands of people each day. Partners with proper storage facilities can order fresh produce from our daily menu.
- Our Pantry on the Go Program – In FY21, 2.5 million pounds of the fresh produce we distributed to underserved areas in Maryland came from our Farm to Food Bank network.
- Our FoodWorks program – Students in our culinary training program incorporate fresh produce into the meals they produce for hungry Marylanders.
Spend a Day on a Farm!
Find out when Farm to Food Bank Coordinator Amy Cawley is recruiting volunteers to help glean produce at a partner farm in your area.
How Local Farmers Can Join the Fight Against Hunger
Farmers across the state can get involved in this program in various ways. Many choose to donate their excess crops, while others allow Maryland Food Bank volunteers to glean fields after the initial harvest, or even commit to growing produce just for donation!
The 55 farms currently teaming up with us to fight hunger are the primary source of fresh, donated produce that form the backbone of nutrition for the nearly 62 million meals we distributed to hungry Marylanders in FY21.
Farmers interested in partnering with the Maryland Food Bank should contact Amy Cawley for more information.
Learn More About the Farm to Food Bank Program
If you’re curious about the Maryland Food Bank Farm to Food Bank program, either as a potential recipient, partner, participant, donor, or volunteer, download our fact sheet.
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As COVID-19 opened the eyes of many to the prevalence of food insecurity among our neighbors, it also brought increased understanding of the growing need for on-campus pantries at colleges across Maryland to help meet the growing need for food assistance.
Spurred by lessons learned during the pandemic, we’re committed to building on our already successful Farm to Food Bank Program by supporting efforts that make agricultural systems more resilient in times of uncertainty, get farmed food to those most in need more efficiently by strengthening supply chains, and helping state school districts purchase Maryland produce at a reduced price.
Out of the more than 340,000 total Back Up Boxes we distributed in FY21, we supplied more than 300,000 through local collaborations with the City of Baltimore, as well as Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.