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BALTIMORE—More than 100 students, teachers and school administrators will join representatives from the Maryland Food Bank, and State Department of Education on Friday, May 16 for a ceremony honoring top collectors in the 2013 Kids Helping Kids Food & Funds Drive. The annual campaign offers students an opportunity to collect food and funds for the hungry while earning service learning hours needed for graduation. Students are supported by dedicated parents, administrators and teachers in their efforts and many schools incorporate hunger-related lesson plans during the campaign. More than 560 schools participated in the 2013 campaign, collecting 414,249 pounds of food and $121,428 for the Maryland Food Bank and local pantries throughout the state. This marks the first Kids Helping Kids Campaign since its founder, Larry Adam, passed away last year.
What: Kids Helping Kids Awards Ceremony; Celebrating a total of 414,000+ pounds of food & $121,000 collected for the hungry!
When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Awards ceremony begins at 9:00 and will be followed by a video tribute to Larry Adam, a preview of the 2014 Kids Helping Kids Campaign, and tours of the Maryland Food Bank for students and teachers.
Where: Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21227
Who: Deborah Flateman, President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank
Darla Strouse, Executive Director, Office of Partnership Development & Recognition, Maryland State Department of Education
Students, teachers and administrators from 28 schools in counties across the state
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 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.