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.
The American Rescue Plan contains four key provisions specifically designed to attack some of the root causes of hunger that have kept many of Maryland’s families and individuals trapped in cycles of food insecurity for generations. Find out what this plan means for Maryland.
While COVID-19 drastically disrupted MFB’s Volunteer Program at the start of the pandemic, our valiant volunteers quickly pivoted and stepped up to help the food bank accelerate the heightened levels of food distribution that were suddenly required.
This National Volunteer Month, we want to express our deep appreciation for these passionate volunteers and thank them for their unwavering dedication to helping feed Marylanders during this incredibly challenging time, and the four decades before.
Fiscal Year 2021 was a year unlike anything the Maryland Food Bank has seen in its more than 40 years of existence. COVID-19 drove an unprecedented number of Marylanders into food insecurity, but your generosity allowed us to rise up and meet the need.
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.