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Dedication to Reaching All Marylanders

March 7, 2022

Your support over four decades has allowed us to build and maintain a robust food assistance safety net across our state.

In FY21, roughly 331 Network Partners stood up for their communities and helped keep a constant stream of food flowing into the hands of their neighbors in need, including the older residents of Park View at Coldspring in northwest Baltimore City.

“The hot meal program was very nice. We ate together and it let us socialize with each other. Then the COVID came in and took that away,” said Nancy Slater, a building resident. “All of a sudden, we had to stay in our apartments and we didn’t know what to do — for food, for company, for anything.”

senior couple in entryway food box

Thankfully, MFB partner Epworth Chapel, which supplied the food for the building’s meal program, was able to work with the Maryland Food Bank to arrange delivery of produce boxes to supplement the shelf-stable goods they had been providing during the pandemic.

Brenda Hines, who coordinates the food distributions for Park View, helped manage the transition.

“The Eat Together program was good for fellowship, but the food bank made it easy for us to make sure the folks here still have enough,” Brenda explained. “Now, I get to knock on doors and share food. The thankfulness from people is a really good feeling.”

“Our community is back now! We still can’t be together, but if there’s food we can’t use, we call and leave things outside each other’s doors. We’re coming together again as neighbors — over food.”

NANCY SLATER

Resident & Food Recipient, Park View at Coldspring

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