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.
Though nothing could have prepared FoodWorks’ new Executive Chef for the changes to institutional learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chef Monique “Moe” Jordan has adapted to unprecedented challenges continuing culinary instruction online as the program celebrates ten years of operations.
With our brand-new Maryland Hunger map, hunger can no longer hide in Maryland. Combining information gleaned from the United Way’s ALICE Report, US Census data, and other local data, we have the most accurate picture of hunger in our state ever. We use the Maryland Hunger Map to deliver the most impactful hunger solutions possible in local communities.
In her first post of 2020, Farm to Food Bank Coordinator Amy Cawley explains how our partner farms are dealing with COVID-19 so they can continue to supply fresh produce to hungry Marylanders.
COVID-19 may be affecting traditional food assistance programs, but it hasn’t changed the passion, dedication, and commitment that the Henderson-Hopkins school is showing it’s community by offering safe drive-through, walk-up, and home delivery food distribution options to their neighbors in need.