BALTIMORE—The Maryland Food Bank, the largest charitable food provider in Maryland, today announced that Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams will serve as an official spokesman and ambassador for the organization. Williams will use his personal story of food insecurity to help bring awareness to the food bank and its carefully-crafted programs aimed at meeting the immediate needs of Marylanders while finding long term ways to reduce hunger statewide.
“As a kid chasing my dreams on the field and in the classroom, I experienced firsthand what it means to be hungry,” Williams said. “By sharing my story, I hope to help magnify the valuable impact the Maryland Food Bank has on families in need across the state.”
As a Maryland Food Bank ambassador, Williams will dedicate his time and influence in various ways, including promoting the Ravens’ annual Food & Funds Drive on November 27 at M&T Bank Stadium. Williams will also share his personal story and speak publicly about the issue of hunger in Maryland on behalf of the organization. Last season, Williams donated more than 500 pounds of food to the Maryland Food Bank through the Ravens’ annual food collection and plans to take his support even further this year.
“We are excited and grateful to have Brandon help spread the word about hunger in Maryland,” said MFB Interim Chief Executive Officer Mathew Whelan. “We know his perspective is one that many Marylanders can relate to, and we look forward to working with him to bring attention to the more than 760,000 people in our state who don’t know where their next meal may come from.”
Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, Williams is one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen following an impressive 2015 season that resulted in career highs in tackles (53), solo stops (35), and sacks (2) for the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense (337.4 ypg).
About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day — nearly 44 million meals annually — the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit mdfoodbank.org.