People Flourish When Food Comes FirstWe are touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of hungry Marylanders, positively impacting communities form 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.
Every holiday season, MFB distributes special meal boxes complete with traditional holiday fixings and paired with a turkey to food-insecure families in need. This year as the pandemic makes it harder for more families to thrive and secure food, these holiday boxes are even more meaningful as they help bring some normalcy to an unprecedented year.
Learn more about we’ve adapted our programs to feed Maryland safely throughout the pandemic and hear from hungry Marylanders as they experience food assistance for the first time in their lives.
Many of the people we serve are members of communities of color. They have historically been and continue to be disproportionally affected by racial injustice and inequality, which create additional barriers to food security.
While COVID-19 may have forced us to change how we carried out Pack to Give Back this year, our passionate volunteers made sure that the 2020 version of our annual event was no less impactful on the lives of hungry Marylanders. Watch the video to see how together, we packed more than 25,000 holiday meals for our neighbors in need.