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 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

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

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.

May 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 81% of current Network Partners operating across the state, we’ve also added temporary partnerships to help fill the gaps where more assistance is needed.


Pounds of Food

was distributed in May 2020, an 85% increase over May 2019



was spent on food in May 2020, compared to $381,000 in May 2019 – a 525% 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).


Temporary Partnerships

were activated since March 2020 to respond to the increased demand


Food Orders

were placed across our Partner Network in May 2020, a 14% increase over May 2019


SNAP Applications

were processed by our SNAP Outreach team in May 2020, a 63% increase over May 2019

Maryland Food Bank Impact

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


Back Up Boxes

were distributed in May 2020 across central Maryland


Grab & Go Meals

were delivered (15K+ a week) to kids at 34 sites in May 2020


Pantry on the Go

events were hosted in May 2020, compared to 107 POTG events in May 2019, a 100% 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


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



of the estimated 54.3M people will be food insecure



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


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.”


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.”


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.


Help us meet the increasing need for food throughout this crisis


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

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