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Maryland Food Bank looking for donations to help fund its COVID-19 response plan

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 18:01:50-04

BALTIMORE — As the only nonprofit built to feed hungry Marylanders statewide, the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) is taking action in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This is to ensure it could manage the inevitable influx of people forced into food insecurity.

However, the combination of COVID-19 driving more Marylanders to seek food assistance and the reduced availability of donated food is making it more challenging than ever to make sure our neighbors in need have continued access to nutritious food.

MFB says people are desperately seeking support systems like food pantries and pop-up food distributions, and they’re signing up for unemployment and SNAP benefits.

For many Maryland families, losing one paycheck makes the difference between shopping at a grocery store and going to a food pantry.

While MFB is 100 percent focused on providing food to everyone it can right now, it has become increasingly challenging.

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Between now and June 30, MFB needs to raise $12M to fund its COVID-19 response plan. Without these funds, MFB and its statewide network of food pantries will be sidelined.

WMAR is proud to team up with the Maryland Food Bank for a virtual food drive. We know everyone has various concerns as we navigate this time in our communities, so we're giving several options for you to help. You can make a general donation or help with specific items.

We believe we are all #Stronger2Gether and are all grateful for your help and the tireless work of the Maryland Food Department.