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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
Every holiday season, MFB distributes special meal boxes complete with traditional holiday fixings and paired with a turkey to food-insecure families in need. This year as the pandemic makes it harder for more families to thrive and secure food, these holiday boxes are even more meaningful as they help bring some normalcy to an unprecedented year.
Learn more about we’ve adapted our programs to feed Maryland safely throughout the pandemic and hear from hungry Marylanders as they experience food assistance for the first time in their lives.
Many of the people we serve are members of communities of color. They have historically been and continue to be disproportionally affected by racial injustice and inequality, which create additional barriers to food security.
While COVID-19 may have forced us to change how we carried out Pack to Give Back this year, our passionate volunteers made sure that the 2020 version of our annual event was no less impactful on the lives of hungry Marylanders. Watch the video to see how together, we packed more than 25,000 holiday meals for our neighbors in need.