The Farm To Food Bank Program engages a network of farms across the state in a partnership to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, local produce. Through a combination of field gleanings, donations and contract growing, these farms help us supply good, nutritious food to food-insecure communities across the state.
How does the Farm to Food Bank Program work?
We have designed our Farm to Food Bank Program to make it easy for local farmers to donate produce to hungry Marylanders. Participating farmers have access to food bank resources and can call upon our team to pick up donated produce at any time.
Want to help
harvest for the hungry?
The Farm to Food Bank Program is now recruiting volunteers for the upcoming harvest.
To learn more about gleaning opportunities on partner farms in Maryland, email your name and contact information to Amy Cawley.
How do we distribute fresh produce?
Once the produce is in our care, we mobilize our partners and programs to make sure that we get it to hungry Marylanders while it’s still fresh! Here’s how:
Our 1,250 distribution partners – Soup kitchens, schools, pantries and shelters, work with us to serve thousands of people each day. Partners with proper storage facilities can order fresh produce from our daily menu.
Our Pantry on the Go Program – In fiscal year 2017, 38 percent of the food distributed to underserved areas in Maryland through our Pantry on the Go program came from our Farm to Food Bank network.
Our FoodWorks program – Students in our culinary training program incorporate fresh produce into the meals they produce for hungry Marylanders.
Local Farmers Can Join the fight against hunger
Farmers across the state can get involved in this program in various ways. Many choose to donate their excess crops to us, others allow Maryland Food Bank volunteers to glean fields after the initial harvest, and still others commit to growing produce just for donation!
With 73 farms currently teaming up with us to fight hunger, this program is our primary source of fresh, donated produce!
Farmers interested in partnering with the Maryland Food Bank can contact Amy Cawley for more information.