Overview

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Maryland is home to more than 682,000 people who do not have enough to eat.

Despite its status as one of the wealthiest states in the nation, Maryland communities are deeply impacted by food insecurity. While the homeless remain the most visible faces of hunger, the need for food assistance is rising among children, seniors, and working families.

With today’s stagnant wages and the steadily rising cost of living, some individuals are working full time and still struggling to put food on the table. In fact, 33 percent of food-insecure individuals in our service area earn too much to qualify for federal or state relief. This means that thousands of food-insecure Marylanders rely solely on the food bank and other hunger-relief agencies as they struggle to meet their basic needs.

682,280 individuals in Maryland report food insecurity
1 in 9 Marylanders are food insecure
Marylanders collectively miss more than 122 million meals a year

You can make a difference by helping to strengthen the Maryland Food Bank’s efforts as the leading anti-hunger organization in the state. Whether volunteering in our warehouse, donating food and funds, or letting your elected officials know how you feel about the issue, your actions are the building blocks of our hunger-relief movement.

Statistics on this page were drawn from Feeding America’s 2017 Map the Meal Gap Report.

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