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Impact

People Flourish When Food Comes First

We are touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of hungry Marylanders, positively impacting communities from Cumberland to Cambridge.
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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.

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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.

$150

helps feed an active-duty service person’s family for one month

$500

helps transport one truckload of fresh produce from a Farm to Food Bank Partner

$1,500

stocks a school pantry for one month for hungry schoolchildren and their families

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.

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Latest News

VIDEO: The Door Receives Outstanding Partner Award

VIDEO: The Door Receives Outstanding Partner Award

The “Outstanding Partner” award-winning The Door has been an MFB partner since 2014, serving the Patterson Park community. They use their extensive neighborhood partnerships to elevate their community, serving as a resiliency hub for East Baltimore.

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VIDEO: Mid Shore Meals ’til Monday Receives Outstanding Partner Award

VIDEO: Mid Shore Meals ’til Monday Receives Outstanding Partner Award

The “Outstanding Partner” award-winning Sandy Hill Elementary School has been an MFB partner since 2021, serving the Cambridge community in Dorchester County. Their partnership with Mid-Shore Meals ’til Monday means that schoolchildren and their families have enough to eat in the evenings and over the weekends when they lose access to school food.

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VIDEO: New Hope Receives Outstanding Partner Award

VIDEO: New Hope Receives Outstanding Partner Award

The “Outstanding Partner” award-winning New Hope Community Outreach Center has been an MFB Network Partner since 2021, serving the Waldorf community in Charles County. New Hope is a newer partner, but with its rich community ties, they have quickly had a deep impact on the lives of their neighbors.

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