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MFB, Partners Kick Off Spring Forward Food Drive

BALTIMORE, MD — The Maryland Food Bank and partners, AARP, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Safeway, WBAL TV 11 and the U.S. Postal Service will kick off the 27th Annual Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward Food Drive this Friday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. This event will take place at Faith Community Church, a longtime Maryland Food Bank partner in northeast Baltimore City.

The drive, which runs March 1 – 8, asks the public to donate pre-packaged bags of food at Safeway stores where AARP and Girl Scout volunteers will be stationed; drop off donations at post offices; and/or donate food through our virtual food drive.

The drive comes at a critical juncture for the Maryland Food Bank and the 975 soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, schools and other community-based organizations it supplies food to. Donations decline after the holidays, and with more than 740,000 Marylanders uncertain where their next meal is coming from, help is needed more than ever.

What: 2014 Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward Food Drive Kick-Off

When: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2014

Where: Faith Community Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214

Who: Kate Sam, Director of Communications, Maryland Food Bank

David Adam, Son of Harvest for the Hungry Founder Larry Adam

Hank Greenberg, Maryland State Director, AARP

Greg Ten Eyck, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations, Safeway

Laurie Caudle, Interim CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Thomas J. Callahan, Postmaster, Baltimore, MD

Wanda Draper, Public Affairs Director, WBAL TV 11

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.

About Harvest for the Hungry

Harvest for the Hungry is a year-round volunteer effort to help the hungry in Maryland. It was founded by Larry Adam in 1987 after he realized during a holiday food drive that “hunger doesn’t take a holiday.” Since then, Harvest for the Hungry campaigns like the Spring Forward Food Drive and Kids Helping Kids have collected more than 30 million pounds of food for families in need.

About WBAL TV 11

WBAL-TV 11 is the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland owned by Hearst Television, Inc. Hearst Television, a national multi-media company, owns and operates 29 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 30 U.S. cities. WBAL TV-11 is now in its 24th year as television sponsor of Harvest for the Hungry. WBAL TV is Maryland’s most watched television station and viewers source of Live, Local, Latebreaking news, information and entertainment. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the U.S. Postal Service

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 152 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With more than 31,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private-sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for seven years and the fifth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

About Safeway

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,406 stores in the United States, which had annual sales of $37.5 billion in 2012. In the Mid-Atlantic region, Safeway operates 123 stores, including, 65 in Maryland, 41 in Northern Virginia, 13 in the District of Columbia and four in Delaware.

About Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland serves nearly 25,000 girls in grades K-12 in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Through a variety of leadership development programs and activities, as well as opportunities to plan and take part in service projects, like Harvest for the Hungry Spring Forward, girls develop courage, confidence and character so that they can take action and make a difference in their communities and the world. For more information about Girl Scouts of Central Maryland visit gscm.org or call (410) 358-9711. Like our 25,000 girl members, you can make a difference—learn how in Girl Scouting.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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