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Pandemic Response Champion Maryland Food Bank (Statewide)

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization dedicated to feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders by partnering with local organizations from the western mountains to the Eastern Shore. The organization was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the Pandemic Response Champion category. 

Maryland Food Bank distributed enough food to provide 35 MILLION meals to Marylanders in need. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Food Bank has adapted their services to meet the 96% increase in demand over last year; in other words, the need has nearly doubled. Due to necessary safety regulations, disruptions in supply chains, and other factors, the cost to purchase this food has increased more than four times. The Maryland Food Bank, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has provided nearly 500,000 Grab & Go meals to kids and their families, distributed roughly 223,000 Back Up Boxes, and hosted nearly 2,500 Pantry On The Go events across the state.

 To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit

Watch their Governor’s Service Awards video here.

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