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.
While more and more individuals continue to visit food pantries across the state, MFB remains dedicated to tapping into potential populations of food-insecure Marylanders struggling to reach out due to psychological barriers. In this blog, we hear firsthand accounts from food recipients who overcame their fears and anxieties around asking for help to fulfill their basic needs.
A dinner conversation between three peers within Maryland’s Intelligence Community snowballed into starting a Virtual Food Drive that ultimately helped the Maryland Food Bank provide 900,000 meals to our neighbors in need.
A record number of Marylanders have been accessing our statewide food assistance safety net since the pandemic emerged, many for the first time. In this blog, two of our long-standing partners discuss the stigma surrounding food assistance and share how they help hungry Marylanders overcome it.
The pandemic is no match for the drive and determination of our donors. Individuals and families of all ages and walks of life have stepped up in a major way, doing what they can to help keep Marylanders fed during this difficult time.