The Maryland Food Bank is now accepting something other than the traditional donations of money and food: baseball tickets.
The group, which supplies area soup kitchens and other feeding programs for the poor, lost a source of food when the baseball season was canceled by the players' strike. The group received surplus food from home games.
But a new program, organized by retired Anne Arundel County schoolteacher Gus Lundquist, enables baseball fans to send their unused season tickets to the food bank, which will obtain a refund from the team and use the money to feed the hungry.
Fans can send their tickets via certified mail to the Maryland Food Bank, 241 N. Franklintown Road, Baltimore, MD 21223.
"This seemed like a logical way for us to give fans an interesting option to the existing redemption process," said Bill Ewing, executive director of the food bank.