Donors Elevate Us All
It takes planning, vision, and focus from the Maryland Food Bank and our network of community partners to distribute enough food to provide nearly 62 million meals across the state. But more importantly, it takes dedication from local organizations and individuals who believe in our mission to make this work possible.
In addition to a rash of new donors, long-standing food bank friends like the Baltimore Ravens really stepped up for the extraordinary number of Marylanders who faced food insecurity in FY21 — many for the first time.
The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation and the Baltimore Ravens donated $1 million to support our efforts to feed hungry Marylanders; donated proceeds from fan cutouts purchased during home games throughout the season; and extended the 25-year streak of “Food and Funds Drive” events virtually.
The mission of the Ravens Foundation is to support youth in five key areas, including hunger.
“We can’t expect students to excel in academics if they’re hungry. So, if we can help families put food on the table, then we can come together with other community leaders and tackle some of the other things the community needs to be successful.”
But it is not only well-known organizations that help maintain the safety net. It is individuals willing to share their resources for the greater good.
One of the more heartwarming experiences we witnessed in FY21 was welcoming new donors who chose to share the financial assistance provided from benefits like federal stimulus checks.
One such person is a man who has lived in the Rosedale area of northeast Baltimore for nearly all his 79 years. While now a widower, “Mr. Smith” shared that being able to help others was something that he and his wife proudly engaged in for decades.
“We always felt a higher calling to be there for people who might need a hand,” he said. “Now, I am fortunate enough to not only still be working, but to be able to earn overtime. I received checks from the government which I knew could do more good for others.”
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