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What is the Farm to Food Bank Program?
The Farm to Food Bank Program engages farms across the state to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, local produce. By combining field gleanings, donations, and contract growing, these farms supply high quality, nutritious food to communities in need across the state.
Participating farmers get access to food bank resources and can call upon our team to pick up donated produce at any time.
Distributing Fresh Produce
Once the produce is in our care, we mobilize our partners and programs to make sure that we get it to hungry Marylanders while it’s still fresh! Here’s how:
- Our Network Partners – Soup kitchens, schools, pantries and shelters, work with us to serve thousands of people each day. Partners with proper storage facilities can order fresh produce from our daily menu.
- Our Pantry on the Go Program – In FY22, 2.5 million pounds of the fresh produce we distributed to underserved areas in Maryland came from our Farm to Food Bank network.
- Our FoodWorks program – Students in our culinary training program incorporate fresh produce into the meals they produce for hungry Marylanders.
Spend a Day on a Farm!
Find out when Farm to Food Bank Coordinator Amy Cawley is recruiting volunteers to help glean produce at a partner farm in your area.
How Local Farmers Can Join the Fight Against Hunger
Farmers across the state can get involved in this program in various ways. Many choose to donate their excess crops, while others allow Maryland Food Bank volunteers to glean fields after the initial harvest, or even commit to growing produce just for donation!
The 53 farms currently teaming up with us to fight hunger are the primary source of fresh, donated produce that form the backbone of nutrition for the more than 40 million meals we distributed to hungry Marylanders in FY22.
Farmers interested in partnering with the Maryland Food Bank should contact Amy Cawley for more information.
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