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The Maryland Food Bank’s COVID-19 Response

While COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out, the impact of the global pandemic still rages on, as Marylanders and their families continue to seek food assistance through the Maryland Food Bank and our statewide network of community organizations.

Since March of 2020, we have proved that the food assistance safety net we’ve built over the last 41 years can withstand this crisis, but not without your support.

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A Year We Won’t Soon Forget

In March 2021, MFB hosted a Virtual Town Hall where President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio joined two long-standing Network Partners, Cheryl Beulah of Aaron’s Place (Eastern Shore) and Pastor Billy Humphrey of City of Refuge (Baltimore City), to commemorate a year of COVID-19.

The group shared firsthand experiences navigating the pandemic while distributing food to struggling Marylanders, many of which were seeking food assistance for the first time.

Carmen also shared updates regarding the food bank’s emergency response one year after the crisis began and provided some insight around how we’ll be addressing food insecurity as we look ahead to the future.

Maryland Food Bank: Virtual Town Hall 3/18/2021

Maryland Food Bank Impact

This pandemic is a crisis unlike any other. The good news is that the Maryland Food Bank is built for this; our employees, volunteers, and community of Network Partners are on the front lines every day, ensuring our neighbors have food during this challenging time. To learn more about our work, download our latest newsletter.

Our Response Since March 2020

The Maryland Food Bank supports roughly 350 Network Partners statewide that collectively provide nearly 1,450 distribution points with much-needed food for their local communities. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve also added temporary partnerships to help fill the gaps where more assistance is needed.

Enough Food to Provide

51M

Meals

was distributed between March and February, the equivalent of 61M pounds of food

88%

Increase

over last year’s distribution rate between March and February

$27.2M

was spent on food between March and February, compared to $5.6M during that timeframe last year – a 383% increase

Pounds of Food Distributed

chart showing pounds of food distributed

Dollars Spent

chart showing dollars spent

374,075

Back Up Boxes

were distributed from March through February

598,374

Grab & Go Meals

were delivered to kids from March through February

3,200

Pantry on the Go

events were hosted from March through February

Feeding America Estimates

According to the latest Feeding America projections, which present the likely impact the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will have on food insecurity levels in the U.S…

42M

people nationwide may be food insecure in 2021

13M

Children

of the estimated 42M people will be food insecure

736,000

Marylanders

may find themselves food insecure in 2021

228,000+

Children

of the estimated food-insecure Marylanders

* Maryland Food Bank believes these numbers will actually be higher due to the fact that Feeding America only accounts for those who are living below the Federal Poverty Line, and does not recognize Marylanders living just above that line yet still struggle to afford the very basic necessities of life, as reflected in our Maryland Hunger Map.

The Maryland Food Bank’s Vital Volunteers

For over 40 years, MFB volunteers have played essential roles in helping the food bank provide food assistance to our neighbors in need. In this video, MFB’s volunteer coordinator, Paul Lynner, sheds light on how integral their role remains against the obstacle of the COVID-19​ pandemic.

Visiting a Food Pantry – First-Hand Accounts

“You only have so much money to spend…this food we get here, I don’t have to buy certain foods at the store, so I save money so I can put that to a bill” – Sandy, food recipient

In Their Words: Community Leaders on Our COVID-19​ Response

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been increasing our partnerships, our distribution, and our efforts to provide relief to the unprecedented number of Marylanders affected by COVID-19. In this video, community leaders and residents share their thoughts about what the Maryland Food Bank has meant to them during these challenging times.

Food Assistance 1st Timer: Francis Talks About Stigma

“Nothing hurts worse than pride…There’s no shame. The shame comes when you don’t ask for help.” – Francis, food recipient

“As we look ahead and do our best to prepare for the future, the one thing we know for certain is that this pandemic will disrupt the economy and suppress opportunity for months, if not years, to come.”

CARMEN DEL GUERCIO

President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank

“As we look ahead and do our best to prepare for the future, the one thing we know for certain is that this pandemic will disrupt the economy and suppress opportunity for months, if not years, to come.”

CARMEN DEL GUERCIO

President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank

What You Can Do

Our primary concern is making sure we have enough nutritious food to meet the growing need – both today, and for the foreseeable future. You can help ensure the safety net is there for those who may be facing food insecurity for the first time.

Just like COVID-19 has changed the world, we’ve changed the way we’re feeding Maryland. Our network partners, corporate supporters, and staff have really stepped up to ensure all Marylanders have enough to eat during this unprecedented crisis.

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