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On the Horizon: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

On the Horizon: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

March 25, 2015

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes child nutrition programs. During this process, they debate new funding levels, determine ways to strengthen and improve programs, and develop new policies to increase access to healthy food for our nation’s children. The current bill, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, is set to expire on September 30, 2015.

Tackling the Problem of Food Waste

Tackling the Problem of Food Waste

March 18, 2015

With the gradual shift toward conscious, sustainable treatment of food in our society, reducing food waste has become a focal point for legislators, scholars, and advocates alike. It’s a travesty that so much food goes to waste when so many are hungry, and the Maryland Food Bank has built fighting food waste into the way we work. Find out how we make the best of an inefficient food system.

Volunteering on the Go

Volunteering on the Go

March 11, 2015

Would you like to make a direct impact on hunger in your community? Do you want to witness firsthand how the Maryland Food Bank distributes food to those in need? Our latest volunteer opportunity may be just what you’re looking for.

Spring Forward for Hunger Relief

Spring Forward for Hunger Relief

February 26, 2015

As we prepare to turn our clocks ahead and celebrate that extra hour of natural sunlight, the Maryland Food Bank is joining forces with a number of partners in our annual statewide campaign to keep hunger on the radar—and keep food going out to hundreds of thousands of households struggling with food-insecurity.

Winter Weather Readiness: A Food Bank Priority

Winter Weather Readiness: A Food Bank Priority

February 18, 2015

Throughout the winter, the Maryland Food Bank works closely with our partners to ensure that clients struggling with hunger can consistently access food assistance, even in times of inclement weather. It requires a delicate balance between ensuring the safety of those delivering food and those who rely on it, and we take the responsibility very seriously.

Volunteering: A Love Story

Volunteering: A Love Story

February 11, 2015

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone’s looking for something nice to do with their loved ones. But there’s more to this holiday than flowers and chocolate. Check out this inspiring story about two volunteers who met unexpectedly while donating their time at the Maryland Food Bank.

MFB A Step Ahead With Supper Clubs

MFB A Step Ahead With Supper Clubs

February 4, 2015

Recent news stories about poverty in public schools have America buzzing about child hunger and what we should do about it. Of course, this has been a focus for the Maryland Food Bank since our inception, and the national media’s latest emphasis on after-school meals comes years after the food bank first pioneered our own Supper Club Program.

Heating vs. Eating: Michael’s Story

Heating vs. Eating: Michael’s Story

January 28, 2015

During the winter months, harsh temperatures make life difficult for Marylanders—especially those struggling to make ends meet. Explore this challenge through one individual’s firsthand account of food insecurity in Maryland.

Heating vs. Eating: A Dire Choice

Heating vs. Eating: A Dire Choice

January 21, 2015

During the winter months, harsh temperatures make life difficult for Marylanders—especially those struggling to make ends meet. If you were forced to decide between turning up your heat or stocking your pantry for the week, which would you decide?

Smithfield, Shoppers “Lend A Ham”

Smithfield, Shoppers “Lend A Ham”

January 13, 2015

With the holidays behind us and a new year of challenges ahead, the Maryland Food Bank is grateful for all the support we can get in the months of January and February. On Tuesday, Smithfield and Shoppers teamed up to “Lend a Ham,” and we encourage you to take their lead!

Calling All Volunteers!

Calling All Volunteers!

January 7, 2015

The Maryland Food Bank always needs volunteers, but that need is dire after the holidays when volunteerism typically declines—and we’re going to need your help as we enter 2015!

Putting Your Money to Work: Expanding Food Access

Putting Your Money to Work: Expanding Food Access

December 17, 2014

While fighting hunger may seem a relatively simple equation, more than 35 years of hunger-relief work has left the Maryland Food Bank with a complex and nuanced understanding of the issue. Among the factors that contribute to food insecurity, access is one of the most difficult obstacles we face.

Putting Money to Work: Produce & Nutrition

Putting Money to Work: Produce & Nutrition

December 10, 2014

For many, the easiest way to give back within our communities is by donating to a good cause, and the Maryland Food Bank has been the grateful recipient of countless holiday donations. As a small gesture of our thanks, we’d like to highlight some of the different ways we intend to use your holiday gifts to fight hunger in 2015.

Giving Tuesday: Choose MFB

Giving Tuesday: Choose MFB

December 2, 2014

The Maryland Food Bank has joined hundreds of nonprofits in the state to celebrate #GivingTuesday and prove that Maryland is the most generous state. Of course, with more than a hundred nonprofits vying for your donations today, how do you choose just one?

Giving Every Tuesday

Giving Every Tuesday

December 1, 2014

December 2 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages generosity to counter the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Organizations and communities across the globe use this opportunity to channel the spirit of the holiday season and come together to give back—and the Maryland Food Bank is no exception! To celebrate, we’re honoring a group of dependable volunteers who give to us every Tuesday.

Following the Food: Holiday Box Distributions

Following the Food: Holiday Box Distributions

November 26, 2014

At this year’s Pack to Give Back event, the Maryland Food Bank invited individual supporters and local businesses to help pack holiday meals for 23,400 food-insecure families. Over the course of the next few weeks, these meals will change hands and travel from our warehouse to network partners before reaching their final destination: our clients. In the series Following the Food, the food bank will document this journey and all of the individuals who make it possible.

Dozens of Ways to Give AND Get This Holiday!

Dozens of Ways to Give AND Get This Holiday!

November 19, 2014

With the holiday season approaching, many Marylanders are looking for ways to give back—and that includes businesses. In fact, dozens of local stores have come up with creative promotions to benefit the Maryland Food Bank in this time of need.

Building a Future in Food

Building a Future in Food

November 19, 2014

It came as a surprise to Arteasha Knox when, during her interview for a job in the kitchen at the new Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, she was asked to sing a song.

Following the Food: The Pack to Give Back Event

Following the Food: The Pack to Give Back Event

November 12, 2014

At this year’s Pack to Give Back event, the Maryland Food Bank invited individual supporters and local businesses to help pack holiday meals for 23,400 food-insecure families. Over the course of the next few weeks, these meals will change hands—traveling from our warehouse to network partners—before reaching its final destination: our clients. In the series Following the Food, the food bank will document this journey and all of the individuals who make it possible.

Cockeysville Middle School Mobilizes for Kids Helping Kids

Cockeysville Middle School Mobilizes for Kids Helping Kids

November 5, 2014

Kids Helping Kids is one of our longest-running statewide campaigns, this year engaging more than 400 schools in the fight against hunger. Co-managed by the Maryland Food Bank and Harvest for the Hungry—and made possible through a partnership with the Department of Education—the Kids Helping Kids campaign gives kids and teens the opportunity to make a difference in their communities. This year we visited Cockeysville Middle School and got a look at their student government’s creative (and hilarious!) push for involvement.

CSX, Business Community Rallies for Pack to Give Back

CSX, Business Community Rallies for Pack to Give Back

October 29, 2014

This is the first year that the Maryland Food Bank has engaged individuals in Pack to Give Back, and we’ve been thrilled by the response. But this week, we’re going to look at a longer-standing tradition: the support MFB has received, year-after-year, from the business community in our efforts to provide hungry neighbors with meals during the holidays.

Pack to Give Back Q&A: Campaign Leader Judy Clayton

Pack to Give Back Q&A: Campaign Leader Judy Clayton

October 22, 2014

With less than two weeks to go, our Pack to Give Back participants are mobilizing friends and family through virtual food drive campaigns to help us provide 23,400 families with holiday meals. Judy Clayton, a longtime Howard County resident and software analyst by trade, has led the Pack to Give Back campaign charge from early on.

MFB Now Offering Individuals a Chance to Pack to Give Back!

MFB Now Offering Individuals a Chance to Pack to Give Back!

October 8, 2014

This year, for the first time, the Maryland Food Bank invites individuals to be a part of one of our favorite holiday events—Pack To Give Back. We’ve set our goal higher than ever before, aiming to provide 23,400 food-insecure families with traditional holiday meals. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a hunger advocate in your community!

A Look Back at Hunger Action Month 2014

A Look Back at Hunger Action Month 2014

October 1, 2014

Now that Hunger Action Month is officially over, let’s take a look back on all of the great moments that have made it memorable. This month, an unprecedented number of Maryland residents came out to take a stand against hunger—at Charm City Run stores across the region, at our Symposium, at M&T Bank Stadium, on our social media channels, and in their own communities.

Get Hands-on in Our Kitchen for Hunger Action Month!

Get Hands-on in Our Kitchen for Hunger Action Month!

September 10, 2014

Barely a week into Hunger Action Month and we’ve already stirred up all kinds of buzz—from WBAL lighting their building orange and Charm City Run holding Be a Voice Fun Runs on Go Orange Day to the launch of countless food drives and the beginning of a great online conversation about the issue of hunger. But there are even more ways you can lend a hand as a part of the movement to end hunger, and right now, our kitchen needs volunteers!

Preview: Go Orange with Charm City Run!

Preview: Go Orange with Charm City Run!

August 27, 2014

Hunger Action Month kicks off in just a few days, and Go Orange Day—one of the first big events—takes place on Sept. 4! We’re asking EVERYONE to wear orange for hunger awareness—whether it’s a shirt, a tie, a hat (or all three!). We’re also encouraging supporters to turn their social media profiles orange for the day (or week or month!), using cover photos and profile pics available for download on our brand-new Hunger Action Month website!

Hunger Action Month Is Here!

Hunger Action Month Is Here!

August 20, 2014

After months of preparation here at the Maryland Food Bank, Hunger Action Month is just about a week away. Already, the month is shaping up to be a powerful platform for community partnerships, statewide engagement, and inspiring events. Check out what we’ve got in store for you below!

Be A Voice: Share Your Stories

Be A Voice: Share Your Stories

August 13, 2014

As Hunger Action Month approaches, we are asking EVERYONE to be a voice for hunger. Hunger and food insecurity can be isolating experiences, and raising our collective voice is crucial to ending it. Check out some simple ways you can be a voice!

What Does it Mean to Be Socially Engaged?

What Does it Mean to Be Socially Engaged?

August 6, 2014

Social engagement. Social responsibility. These terms have become major buzzwords of the 21st century—they’re even “trendy,” if you will. Businesses publicly pursue the concept; high schools work it into senior projects; and individuals champion it on social media. But before our society gets too comfortable with this term, we need to determine: what exactly does it mean to be socially engaged?

MFB in the News

MFB in the News

July 30, 2014

It’s been a busy week for us here at the food bank, with media requests coming out of the woodwork! So in the midst of the mid-summer rush, this week’s post is going to be a round-up of features recently published about the food bank. If you follow us on Facebook, you may have gotten some teasers, but be sure to check out the full stories!

MFB Invites Youth to Help in Kitchen

MFB Invites Youth to Help in Kitchen

July 23, 2014

On July 16, the Maryland Food Bank kitchen took a short break from its disciplined food production and ushered in a handful of kids, ages 8-15. Coming from the Mars Estate PAL Center, these youngsters were MFB clients and knew, firsthand, the reality of food-insecurity.

Farm to Food Bank: Calling all field hands!

Farm to Food Bank: Calling all field hands!

July 16, 2014

In mid-july the growing season is in full swing and farmers and retailers find themselves hard-pressed to keep up with the ever-ripening fields. The Maryland Food Bank’s Farm to Food Bank Program taps into this overflow, and, with the help of volunteers, we harvest and distribute excess produce that might otherwise go to waste.

Land of the Free, Home of the Hungry

Land of the Free, Home of the Hungry

July 9, 2014

238 years ago, on July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the United States Declaration of Independence, laying the foundation for the America we live in today. Now, the Fourth of July celebrates the freedom and prosperity that sets the United States apart—and the brotherhood and patriotism that brings us together as a nation.

Preview: The Orioles Food & Funds Drive

Preview: The Orioles Food & Funds Drive

July 2, 2014

For nearly 30 years, the Baltimore Orioles have been powerful partners in ending hunger in Maryland, with their annual food & funds drive uniting baseball fans all over Maryland. Each year, the drive takes place during a 3-day run of home games, and MFB volunteers and the Orioles’ wives collect food and money from fans as they head into the stadium to cheer on the team.

Farm to Food Bank: Ending hunger from the ground up

Farm to Food Bank: Ending hunger from the ground up

June 25, 2014

Many of our local farmers will soon be selling this week’s harvest at a local farmer’s market or at a roadside stand, but there are about five dozen farmers in the state who have decided to sink their roots even deeper into the community…by teaming up with the Maryland Food Bank.

Central Elementary has fun with Kids Helping Kids

Central Elementary has fun with Kids Helping Kids

May 21, 2014

Co-managed by the Maryland Food Bank and Harvest for the Hungry—and made possible through a partnership with the Department of Education—the Kids Helping Kids campaign has grown into a statewide movement, this past year bringing in more than $120,000 and 400,000 pounds of food for the food bank!

A Deeper Dive into the Meal Gap

A Deeper Dive into the Meal Gap

May 14, 2014

Last week we released the latest Map the Meal Gap report, which showed that food insecurity had maintained its grasp on Maryland despite the nearly 29 million meals–an all-time high–we distributed over the course of the year. Below, we take a deeper dive into why.

MFB Then & Now: Salvage

MFB Then & Now: Salvage

April 30, 2014

While looking through a box of old photos the other day, one MFB staff member suggested we explore the evolution of the food bank through writing and photographs.

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