Baltimore—The Maryland Food Bank recently received a $315,000 grant from Our Family Foundation by Giant Food, LLC as part of a new three-year Fighting Child Hunger initiative to increase access to healthy, nutritious food for children in need of healthier diets.
“We are deeply grateful to Our Family Foundation for their commitment to fighting child hunger in Maryland,” said Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Beth Martino. “This grant will play a vital role in the Maryland Food Bank’s efforts to provide hungry children with the nutrition they need to grow into healthy, successful adults.”
These efforts focus primarily on the MFB’s School Pantry Program, which partners with schools across the state to provide a reliable source of healthy food to families throughout the school year. In 2015, the Fighting Child Hunger Grant program at the Maryland Food Bank impacted thousands of youths at nearly 260 school pantry sites, providing more than 5 million meals. Additionally, the grant will support an innovative nutrition education program that highlights healthy foods, recipe sharing, and food tastings in local schools.
“We are privileged to be a community partner in the mission to alleviate hunger in the Washington, D.C. area. Since our founding 80 years ago, giving back has been a cornerstone for our company,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Our partnerships with many food banks and pantries across the region, including five Feeding America Food Banks in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, allow us to continue a shared commitment to combating hunger across the communities we serve. This new three-year grant supplements our existing efforts and increases our impact on childhood hunger in our region.”
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 www.mdfoodbank.org.
About Giant Food
Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.