Hunger Can, And Does, Happen Here.Annually, the Maryland Food Bank distributes over 40 million meals - but Marylanders miss nearly 111 million. Help us do more. Give Now
Maryland is home to nearly 1.5 million people who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.
Despite being one of the wealthiest states in the nation, Maryland’s communities are deeply impacted by food insecurity. People from all walks of life find themselves in need of food assistance from time to time, for a variety of reasons.
Hunger and Children
Food insecurity can have lasting effects on children and impact their ability to succeed in school and other activities. Studies have shown children who suffer from food insecurity have also reported they’d had trouble concentrating in school, had less energy for social interactions, experienced anxiety or depression and had more absences from school than other children.
Hunger and Seniors
Marylanders should not have to face food-insecurity in their senior years due to circumstances like inconsistent income, limited mobility, and poor health. Studies show that food-insecure seniors have an increased risk of poor health, struggle to manage health issues, and are likely to have higher health care costs.
Hunger and Working Families
With today’s stagnant wages and the steadily rising cost of living, some individuals are working full time but still struggling to put food on the table. In fact, nearly 40 percent of food-insecure individuals in our service area earn too much to qualify for federal or state relief. This means that thousands of food-insecure Marylanders rely on the food bank and other forms of food assistance as they struggle to meet their basic needs.
17.5% Less Achievement
Kids without access to breakfast score 17.5 percent less on standardized math tests – the difference between an A and a C+ (source)
Maryland and the Meal Gap
- Food insecurity exists in every congressional district in the entire U.S., even right here in Maryland.
- Marylanders miss over nearly 111 million meals each year.
- The overall estimated cost to meet the food needs of all food-insecure Marylanders was nearly $353 million, at an estimated cost of $3.10 per meal in 2018.
- The Maryland Food Bank’s purchasing power help stretch each dollar donated to up to 3 meals.
Mapping the Meal Gap
In the first of a planned series of blog posts, Maryland Delegate and MFB Board Member Shaneka Henson shares her unique views on how hunger is holding down Maryland’s schoolchildren, and how statewide partnerships between the MFB and community institutions are helping break down the barriers preventing our children from thriving.
September marks Hunger Action Month, an opportunity be a part of the nationwide movement to take a stand against hunger and help our neighbors in need. With more food-insecure Marylanders than ever before due to COVID-19, we need you to act.
Ministerio Puerta de Paz, located in Odenton, Maryland, is one of the many temporary partners that have joined forces with the Maryland Food Bank and stepped up to serve the increased need in their community during COVID-19.
In the latest installment of “Nutrition Matters,” MFB’s director of nutrition Kate Long takes readers on a tour of the Partner Garden – a special area in our larger Education Garden that is devoted to teaching our Network Partners how gardening can help strengthen their communities.