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The Maryland Food Bank’s COVID-19 Response

What We’re Doing

Feeding Newly Food-Insecure People

COVID-19 has pushed many Marylanders into food insecurity for the first time in their lives. Hear from Jennifer, a travel agent who lost her income due to the pandemic, as she visits a drive-thru pantry at the Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown.

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 Maryland Food Bank 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

The South Baltimore Gateway Partnership joined forces with the Maryland Food Bank to distribute food to those in need during the pandemic. Watch as organizations involved in the partnership share how they are managing COVID and distributing food to the communities they serve.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response Statistics

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.

June 2020 Summary

The Maryland Food Bank supports 350 Network Partners statewide that collectively provide more than 1,200 distribution points with much-needed food for their local communities. With 77% of current Network Partners operating across the state, we’ve also added temporary partnerships to help fill the gaps where more assistance is needed.

6M

Pounds of Food

was distributed in June 2020, an 124% increase over June 2019

Nearly

$3.05M

was spent on food in June 2020, compared to $428,000 in June 2019 - a 613% increase

Surge in Need

The need for food assistance continues to grow, as Marylanders desperately seek support from food distribution sites across the state as well as government programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

229

Temporary Partnerships

were activated since March 2020 to respond to the increased demand

1,771

Food Orders

were placed across our Partner Network in June 2020, a 45% increase over June 2019

208

SNAP Applications

were processed by our SNAP Outreach team in June 2020, a 110% increase over June 2019

Maryland Food Bank Impact

Maryland Food Bank continues to focus on providing food to everyone we can through a variety of efforts.

46,355

Back Up Boxes

were distributed in June 2020 across central Maryland

66,500

Grab & Go Meals

were delivered (13K+ a week) to kids at 20 sites in June 2020

287

Pantry on the Go

events were hosted in June 2020, compared to 140 POTG events in June 2019, a 105% increase

Feeding America Estimates

According to Feeding America estimates, which looked at the impact that increases in unemployment and poverty due to COVID19 will have on food insecurity…

An Additional

17M+

people nationwide will be food insecure in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, for a total of 54.3M people

18M

Children

of the estimated 54.3M people will be food insecure

980,000

Marylanders

may find themselves food insecure as a result of this crisis, 339,000 of which are children.*

38%

Of People

served by the Feeding America Network since March are new to receiving charitable food support

* 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.

“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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