December 27, 1990
This frigid Canadian air isn't helping Baltimore's needy and hungry families. Area soup kitchens are serving 19,000 people a week, a 30 percent increase. Yet donations have been diminishing. This combination of too many hungry folks and too little aid has forced some soup kitchens to cut back on their portions and pantries -- running low on food -- to reduce their handouts.Not only is the weather freezing, but so is the economy. More and more people are out of work. Some single parents cannot make ends meet even working three part-time jobs.
November 20, 1991
The sixth annual Bags of Plenty campaign, a food and cash drive held every holiday season, starts today.The Maryland Food Committee, which conducts the campaign, hopes to gather 425,000 pounds of food and raise $150,000 in donations by Dec. 14, a slight increase over the 408,000 pounds and $135,000 collected last year.Today, a paper bag has been included in every edition of The Evening Sun and The Sun distributed in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The bags can be filled with non-perishable food items, such as canned meats and vegetables, and dropped off at city fire stations, Giant Food Stores and Provident Bank branches.
November 24, 1993
Suburban communities are driving the increased demand at soup kitchens and food pantries in the Baltimore metropolitan area, according to a study released yesterday by the Maryland Food Committee.It was the fourth year in the row for the study -- and the fourth consecutive year that demand went up. Overall, more than 92,000 people sought hot meals or bags of groceries last month, up from almost 79,000 in October 1992. Soup kitchens, which serve hot meals on the premises, reported a 16 percent increase, while pantries, which provide nonperishable items to go, saw a 20 percent jump.
November 14, 1990
It doesn't take an official survey to show that there are more hungry people than ever in Maryland; a quick glance at the long lines outside any soup kitchen ought to suffice. Nonetheless, recent statistics confirm that Maryland's food providers are under tremendous new strains; some are serving double the number of people they fed last year.The reasons for the increase are many. Chief among them are workers who have been laid off because of the national economic downturn and are finding their savings won't stretch far enough.
November 6, 1990
VOLUNTEER Rose Kalka says she became tired of hearing about hunger ''everywhere I went. So last winter I volunteered to the Maryland Food Committee.''I've never been hungry, unemployed or unable to support myself, and I'm lucky. Volunteering is my way of helping those who can't help themselves,'' says Kalka, who works evenings at the Cultured Pearl Cafe in the Hollins Market area.She gives one day a week to MFC, doing office work or mailings, ''whatever they want me to do.'' She was active in the recent RSVVP fund-raiser during which 260 area restaurants gave 10 percent of one evening's proceeds to MFC.The Maryland Food Committee is a non-profit advocacy organization formed in 1969 by local teachers, physicians and religious leaders to address chronic hunger.
December 8, 1995
ATTENDANTS AT Maryland's first "hunger summit" today hope to begin mapping a route to bridge two islands that are moving in opposite directions: hungry people and government aid.Gov. Parris N. Glendening, social service workers and others are to gather at the University of Maryland Baltimore County with the aim of lifting hunger higher on the public agenda and also to discuss the impact of malnutrition on health care and education.Many operators of Maryland's 600 soup kitchens and food pantries -- consider there were only 50 such facilities in the state a decade ago -- say even they have been startled by the spike in demand.