People Flourish When Food Comes FirstWe are touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of hungry Marylanders, positively impacting communities from Cumberland to Cambridge. Join The Fight
The food you help provide to Marylanders in need has an impact that reverberates throughout our state. Well-fed children learn more, struggling working families get back on their feet, seniors thrive, and individuals are able to focus on more productive pursuits than finding food.
With your help, we can give more than food. We can give hope.
Who We Help
We could measure the Maryland Food Bank’s impact in numbers, such pounds of food or meals distributed annually, but the most accurate measure of our impact is on the lives we touch.
Maryland Food Bank helps:
- Hungry Children – proper nutrition is crucial for child development and academic success, improves confidence, and correlates with reduced risk of health issues, school dropouts, and incarceration.
- Working Families – food assistance helps families in Maryland, a state with one of the highest costs of living in the country, avoid having to choose between food and other key household expenses like health care or housing.
- Seniors – malnourished seniors suffer an increased risk of a variety of health issues, including gum disease, asthma, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and heart attack.
- Maryland’s Communities – food assistance resources distributed through programs such as SNAP program have been shown to nearly double their economic impact on the local community, and positively impact the quality of its health, safety, and education.
Hear Their Stories
The true face of hunger might not be what you expect. Find out what happens when we help our neighbors in need, in their own voices.
Research and Reports
Find our latest original reporting and data-driven tools aimed at helping stakeholders and the public better understand and address the complexity of food insecurity in Maryland.
Learn about Tracey’s unique 10-year relationship with the food bank, where she has gone from food recipient to starting a food pantry at the school she now serves as Principal. It’s partnerships like this keep the food assistance safety net strong for all hungry Marylanders.
This year’s Pack to Give Back event will give 25,000 Maryland families the opportunity to gather around a holiday meal and make memories together.
Learn how our refreshed strategic plan will allow us to lift up Maryland through nutritious food and expanded pathways out of hunger.
New federal government programs, and changes to existing programs in response to the COVID pandemic, have made an enormous difference in the lives of many children throughout Maryland.