BALTIMORE—On Thursday, July 24, Arlington Elementary School will open its auditorium doors to students and strangers alike, providing food assistance to the struggling neighborhood. Arlington Elementary School Pantry Coordinator Jimmy Mitchell expects to serve at least 250 food-insecure individuals, and has invited a handful of public figures to witness the growing need—and the critical importance of community food pantries.
Having partnered with the Maryland Food Bank to operate a school pantry, Arlington Elementary has been a dependable resource for its community during the school year. This year however, the school felt the need for food-assistance so great that it has continued its feeding program through the summer.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 thirty-five 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 79,000 meals per day—nearly 29 million meals annually—the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.
The Maryland Food Bank operates from three facilities: one in Baltimore, one in Salisbury, and one in Hagerstown. Through an extensive network of soup kitchens, pantries, schools and other community-based organizations, food is distributed throughout 22 counties, including Baltimore City, and Somerset, Wicomico, and Washington counties—some of the most food-insecure regions in Maryland. For more information, visit www.mdfoodbank.org.