The Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch distributes food to eight counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.
In December 1980, the Maryland Food Bank opened a branch in Salisbury in order to better serve the rural populations of the Eastern Shore. In its first year, the branch distributed about 33,000 meals. In FY 2014, the branch distributed more than 4 million meals to food-insecure Marylanders.
Eastern Shore Hunger in Numbers
More than 45,000 individuals on the Eastern Shore are food-insecure.
Over a third of that food-insecure population are children—more than 16,000.
The MFB – Eastern Shore Branch distributed 4.5 million meals in FY 2014.
Still, hungry families on the Eastern Shore miss nearly 8 million meals each year.
The MFB – Eastern Shore Branch serves some of the most food-insecure counties in the state, including Wicomico and Somerset counties.
Since its launch nearly 35 years ago, the MFB – Eastern Shore Branch has grown its distribution significantly. In the last few years, the branch has expanded the Maryland Food Bank’s School Pantry Program, which distributes food to children and families in need throughout the school year, to include 15 new pantries. The MFB – Eastern Shore Branch currently provides food to more than 200 soup kitchens, pantries, and other community-based partners in the region.