Hunger Affects All MarylandersHunger weakens our state’s ability to thrive. But imagine a Maryland where children don’t struggle to learn, working families no longer debate how to manage bills, older adults aren’t hampered by limited mobility, and people in Communities of Color can overcome institutional barriers to food security. Give Now
Maryland is still one of the wealthiest states in the nation, home to a diverse population of more than 6 million people, yet about one third of us may face hunger this year. But when we lift up our most vulnerable populations, the possibilities and opportunities for Maryland are limitless.
If we can increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education, more Marylanders may be able to avoid the crippling effects of diet-related health issues and can reach their academic and social potential.
Hunger & Communities of Color
No Marylander should have to face hunger due to the color of their skin. People living in Communities of Color disproportionally face barriers that keep them trapped in generational cycles of poverty and hunger. Studies show these communities have a higher prevalence of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
Hunger & 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 & Older Adults
Marylanders should not have to face food-insecurity in their later years due to circumstances like inconsistent income, limited mobility, and poor health. Studies show that food-insecure older adults have an increased risk of poor health, struggle to manage health issues, and are likely to have higher health care costs.
Hunger & 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.
Hunger in Maryland
- Hunger exists all across Maryland.
- Based on MFB’s Maryland Hunger Map analysis, approx. 2 million Marylanders may face hunger in 2021.
- Roughly 39% of Maryland households are likely to be food insecure.
- Community partners offered neighbors nearly 1,300 distribution points (in FY21).
The Maryland Hunger Map
This resource is helping us do more for our neighbors, and we’re excited to have you explore the map to learn more about hunger.
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.
Starting with the 2023-24 school year, we’re right-sizing our School Pantry partnerships to produce better outcomes for our neighbors.
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.
Older adults face new challenges to food security due to today’s high prices. Find out how one community is using Pantry on the Go to cope.
Learn more about our recent construction project through this Q&A with MFB Board Chair Terry Squyres, who recently sat down with us to offer a peek behind-the-scenes of the food bank’s expansion.