The Maryland Food Bank's COVID-19 Response | Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank’s COVID-19 Response

What We’re Doing

Keeping Partners Open

Our number one priority is to help community partners stay operational and keep their shelves stocked. We’re leading weekly webinars with MEMA and DHS to help our partners “do” food assistance safely, including social distancing rules, sanitation guidelines, and distributing prebagged food.

Feeding Children

Since kids have lost access to free meals due to school closures, we’re distributing “Grab & Go” meals prepared in our Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen to students at select sites that typically host MFB Summer Clubs.

Building Back Up Boxes

We’ve set up an off-site location to build Back Up Boxes, 30-pound packages of shelf-stable, nutritious foods than can be easily packed, transported, and distributed wherever the need is in our state.

Strengthening Communities

We’ve transformed our highly successful Pantry on the Go Program into a “drive thru” format to distribute large quantities of food safely in affected communities.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Statistics

The Maryland Food Bank supplies more than 1,200 distribution sites across the state with much-need food for their local communities. Although many of our community partners have closed as a result of the COVID pandemic, MFB’s network is still operating at a high capacity thanks to the reach of those organizations that remain open.

Dedicated Network Partners

As a whole, our statewide network of community partners is distributing 23% more food despite fewer distribution points being operational. 

Increased Demand For Food

In April 2020, the food bank distributed roughly 4.4M pounds of food, compared to 2.4M pounds in April 2019.

We’ve been preparing over 3600 Grab & Go meals each day for kids in Central Maryland.

We’ve seen double the usual order volume from our network since late March. Keeping this network going requires sourcing more food, which has become increasingly challenging.

Between now and June 30, MFB needs to raise $12M to fund its COVID-19 response plan.

Without these funds, MFB and its statewide network of food pantries will be sidelined.

“We are using every solution we can think of to keep the flow of food going into communities that need it most.”

CARMEN DEL GUERCIO

President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank

“We are using every solution we can think of to keep the flow of food going into communities that need it most.”

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.

Donate

Help us meet the increasing need for food throughout this crisis

Volunteer

We need 13- to 60-year-olds to help sort food and perform various tasks

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