In Maryland alone, 665,420 individuals are classified as food insecure. That makes 1 out of every 9 people in the state. In the light of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, we’re taking a deeper look into food banks and the opportunities to give back to your communities throughout the Eastern Shore.

Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank has locations in central Maryland, the Eastern Shore, and Western Maryland. Each year, the Maryland Food Bank distributes tens of millions of pounds of food. They send food throughout a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations.

If you don’t live in close proximity to any food banks or donation centers, the Maryland Food Bank has a Virtual Food Drive online where you can purchase items to be directly donated to those in need. You can purchase milk, brown rice, cereal, and other items. Find it here!

If you’re really into the giving spirit, become a fundraiser!

Hunger in Children, the Elderly, and Families

Food insecurity and hunger impact children in various ways, keeping them from success in school and causing anxiety and depression. Many people work full time but still struggle to place food on the table for themselves and their families.

Ravens Food & Funds Drive

The Baltimore Ravens will support the fight against hunger in Maryland by collecting food and money donations before their game at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 18. Prior to the football game, volunteers will be collecting cash and non-perishable food donations outside all entrance gates.

Food Bank of Delaware

There are two Food Bank of Delaware locations, one of which is located in Milford, DE. Their mission is to provide nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitate long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy. By providing low- to no-cost food to qualified feeding programs, informing residents of Delaware of hunger and food insecurity issues, and developing nutrition programs to assist low-income families, individuals, and children.

Food Drives

Get ambitious and start your own food drive to collect food for the hungry. Plan ahead, set a goal, and get all of your friends, family, and community members involved! Find food drop-off locations here.

Let this Thanksgiving season encourage you to give back and help those in need! Hunger is a large issue that can be addressed and fought during this time, but remember, there are always other ways to give back to your local community such as helping the homeless, volunteering at your local schools, or fundraising for charities. Give thanks, and give back!