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 help stem the tide of poor and inconsistent eating habits through increased access to healthy foods and nutrition education, more Marylanders maybe 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.
- Approximately 1,450 community partners served as MFB distribution points (in FY20).
The Maryland Hunger Map
Generous support from public and private sources allowed the food bank to provide food and funds directly to community organizations across the state.
Joe Rodriguez is one of hundreds of Marylanders who have transformed their lives through FoodWorks, MFB’s 12-week intensive culinary training program that helps students become professional chefs and find careers in Maryland’s hospitality industry.
One of the few constants of this past year was change, and that has been no different for the Maryland Food Bank and our network of community partners that have stuck by our side. But NOW is the time for us do even more to continue feeding Maryland’s recovery, while building solutions for tomorrow.
At the Maryland Food Bank, nutrition is not the latest buzzword nor a short-term fad. Distributing more nutritious food, and helping educate food-insecure Marylanders about how eating a healthier diet can improve their lives is what we do each and every day.