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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
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.