Maryland Food Bank Purchase-Share Program
The Purchase-Share Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match when network partners order product that is not in the Maryland Food Bank's donated inventory. Typically these are nutrient-rich items such as canned meat, canned vegetables, rice and peanut butter. The Maryland Food Bank purchases these foods wholesale using our buying power to secure competitive prices.
Ordering food is a necessity given the limited and inconsistent variety of donations, but the cost is much higher than if agencies ordered only donated items. The Purchase-Share Program stretches agencies' dollars farther, ensuring that higher costs do not lead to decreases in service.
How does it work?
Purchase-Share donors may determine geographic restrictions for the program based on their funding interest. To date, the Purchase-Share Program has been offered to network partners in Allegany, Charles, Garrett, Harford, Howard and Washington counties and Baltimore City.