Our Partners

Our Partners

What is a network partner?

As the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, the Maryland Food Bank relies on its member organizations — more commonly called network partners — to distribute food directly to those in need. With 1,250 distribution partners — ranging from pantries and shelters to faith-based organizations and schools — the food bank is able to get food into the hands of hungry Marylanders quickly and efficiently.

Why become a partner?

Becoming a Maryland Food Bank network partner enables agencies to more effectively and efficiently support food-insecure people in their communities. The Maryland Food Bank not only provides each partner with nutritious shelf-stable and fresh foods, we also offer counseling and assistance with food distribution, grant applications, and food-safety education.

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What organizations are eligible?

All network partners must meet certain eligibility requirements, uphold high standards of charitable service, and produce a quarterly report to help us measure how much food we are distributing to Marylander in need.

Nonprofit organizations interested in joining our network must operate a food-assistance program that fits into one of the following categories:

  • Homeless shelter for men, women, and families
  • Emergency pantry
  • School backpack program
  • Hot meal / café / soup kitchen

All food-assistance programs must be open to the community free of charge and exchange of service.

Please Note: The Maryland Food Bank currently does not have the capacity to partner with adult/child daycare programs, drug treatment facilities, or programs without at least a six-month service history.

Partnership 101: An introduction to partnership with the Maryland Food Bank

Nonprofit organizations that meet our basic eligibility requirements are encouraged to attend one of our Partnership 101 classes. This class is held the first Wednesday in January, April, and July from 10 to 11 a.m. by invitation only.

To request an invitation or inquire about eligibility, contact our Network Relations Team.

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