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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
Two partner organizations dedicated to ending hunger in Maryland for more than 20 years have merged. The Maryland Food Bank and Food Resources of Hagerstown have united to form the Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch, a facility that will become a central distribution point for a network of more than 120 soup kitchens, pantries, shelters and other community-based organizations in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. The merger allows Food Resources to broaden services to the entire Western Maryland region and the more than 52,000 residents who are struggling to provide food for themselves, the groups said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Maryland Food Bank will be joined over the next month by the State Police and the Baltimore Ravens for a communitywide drive to collect food and raise awareness for local families that risk going hungry. The food bank reports that nearly 780,000 Marylanders experience so-called "food insecurity," meaning they don't know if they'll be able to access food for nutritious diet. Other partners joining in the effort - which includes food banks across the country for Hunger Action Month - are the state Department of Transportation, Charm City Run and Giant Food.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Maryland Food Bank is requesting volunteers on weekdays to sort a backlog of donated food, the charity said Friday. More than half a million pounds of food - the equivalent of 17 tractor trailers worth of food - is sitting in the food bank warehouse at its headquarters in Baltimore County. The food is a mixed assortment from food drives and retail donations, and must be sorted and packed. Officials said the demand is so great that the food volunteers do pack is ordered by soup kitchens, pantries and other groups within 2 hours.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Extra funds from Baltimore County have helped the Maryland Food Bank deliver 126,000 pounds of food to needy residents, county officials said Friday. The county had allocated a supplemental $75,000 for the Pantry on the Go program, which supports temporary food distribution sites. That was in addition to $325,000 the county has budgeted this year to help the food bank. The mobile program "quickly and cost-effectively delivers food to community-based host sites to provide immediate relief to struggling families, seniors and also former steelworkers in Dundalk," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Maryland Food Bank will be joined over the next month by the State Police and the Baltimore Ravens for a communitywide drive to collect food and raise awareness for local families that risk going hungry. The food bank reports that nearly 780,000 Marylanders experience so-called "food insecurity," meaning they don't know if they'll be able to access food for nutritious diet. Other partners joining in the effort - which includes food banks across the country for Hunger Action Month - are the state Department of Transportation, Charm City Run and Giant Food.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
Pop tunes blasted from loudspeakers into the cavernous warehouse at the Maryland Food Bank on Thursday, energizing about 300 volunteers filling 15,000 boxes with holiday staples for the needy. "You can get exercise, help those who don't have a meal for the holiday, and then there's the whole camaraderie thing with your co-workers," said Gerri Gardner, the liveliest of the CSX railroad's packing team, which included workers from MTA and MARC trains. This time of year, the bank, which distributes food to about 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across the state from its Halethorpe headquarters, gears up for its own Thanksgiving rush.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2011
As demand for its services continues to increase around the state, the Maryland Food Bank launched its annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive Friday, an initiative that has collected more than 30 million pounds of food for Marylanders in need since 1987. Organizers hope the campaign, which starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 19, will net more than the 300,000 pounds it collected for the state's hungriest residents in 2010. "With more than 448,000 Marylanders needing food assistance, help is needed now more than ever," said Deborah Flateman, CEO of the Maryland Food Bank.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
The Maryland Food Bank said it handed out food Wednesday to hundreds of families affected by the mass layoffs at Sparrows Point. About 2,000 workers lost their jobs after RG Steel filed for bankruptcy in late May and idled the Baltimore County steel mill. The property since has been sold to owners who are trying to find a steelmaker to restart operations but will liquidate the mill and redevelop it if they can't. The food bank, which also handed out food on Tuesday to laid-off steelworkers and others buffeted by the shutdown, said it expected to distribute more than 60,000 pounds to more than 1,700 people between the two days.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTER | October 24, 2006
Larry Adam, founder of Harvest for the Hungry, spoke to the kids gathered in the boardroom like a commander rallying his troops. "And you, the students, you know how to raid your pantries, right?" he asked the group assembled at the Maryland Food Bank's headquarters in Halethorpe. "Yes, sir. That's right," answered Elijah Martin, laughing and nodding his head in agreement. Martin, who attends Catonsville High School, was one of several dozen students who participated in a kick-off rally for the Kids Helping Kids food drive yesterday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | June 13, 2009
Edward Gerard Novak, a retired banker who had served as the chairman of the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Maryland Food Bank, died Sunday of prostate cancer at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 55 and lived in Baldwin. Mr. Novak, the son of a Westinghouse Electric Corp. worker and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Violetville. In the 1960s, he moved with his family to Eldersburg and graduated in 1973 from South Carroll High School.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
The U.S. Senate is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion bill that would dictate the nation's agriculture policy for the next five years, reduce how much taxpayers spend on food stamps and alter conservation programs for the Chesapeake Bay. Though debate over the farm bill has not been as publicly rancorous as the recent budget battles in Washington, the farm bill nevertheless profoundly affects American ...
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Maryland Food Bank is requesting volunteers on weekdays to sort a backlog of donated food, the charity said Friday. More than half a million pounds of food - the equivalent of 17 tractor trailers worth of food - is sitting in the food bank warehouse at its headquarters in Baltimore County. The food is a mixed assortment from food drives and retail donations, and must be sorted and packed. Officials said the demand is so great that the food volunteers do pack is ordered by soup kitchens, pantries and other groups within 2 hours.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
Got library fines? The Enoch Pratt Free Library branch system is offering delinquent book returners $1 off library fines for every can of food donated to the underprivileged. The library's "Food for Fines" program will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31 with all proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore's public library system website reported. "There's no limit on the amount of cans that can be donated!" the website said. "For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library card fines.
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By Meredith Slater | December 17, 2013
Food insecurity has become a major issue in the United States. More families than ever before are depending on government assistance and other nutritional aid to supplement their diets. And the problem is only going to get worse as Congress considers billions of dollars in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Food prices have risen in the past couple of years due to droughts in the United States and other countries. Grain, dairy and meat products - items that are staples in the diets of most families - have been especially vulnerable to price increases.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun and By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Rick and Carol Bernstein started gardening with their three children on a third of an acre at their former home in Parkton, selling the produce at a roadside stand and taking extras to their local food bank. That was two decades ago, and the food bank workers were surprised to receive donations other than canned goods and dry pasta. Eventually, as the Baltimore County couple realized just how scarce produce is on the tables of the poor, they founded First Fruits Farm, a Christian ministry run entirely by volunteers.
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November 26, 2013
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we urge readers not to forget that this year there are still hundreds of thousands of Marylanders who won't be able to count on a dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce to celebrate the occasion. Far too many Marylanders don't have enough to eat, not just today but during the rest of the year as well. As we gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for the blessing of good food and drink, it's fitting we also remember those forced to live with hunger.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
The Rev. Vernon Dobson, a Baptist minister and civil rights leader, died Saturday of complications of a stroke. He was 89. As a leading figure in Baltimore's civil rights movement, Mr. Dobson lived a life molded by the struggle for equality — a struggle he continued into his last years — and as a pastor who believed that the church should play an important part in the fight. Campaigning took a hold on Mr. Dobson's life early on. Talking to The Baltimore Sun in 1998, he described demonstrating against segregation as a young child with his mother in the 1930s.
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November 24, 2008
Undaunted by a fire at its homeless shelter next door, volunteers at the Bea Gaddy Family Center in East Baltimore are busy putting together the traditional Thanksgiving dinners they expect to serve later this week to as many as 55,000 needy guests. That's 15,000 more meals than last year. Economic hard times are putting significant pressure on dozens of institutions like the Gaddy center that are struggling to help feed a half-million poor families across the state. As with so many Maryland families, these agencies are finding their food budgets won't go as far as they once did. Much less free food is available this year than in earlier years, and demand for the meals they prepare is significantly higher.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Standing in a warehouse full of food for needy families, three Democratic lawmakers called Monday for Congress to avoid sharp cuts to food stamps proposed in a $500 billion farm bill. Lawmakers want to pass the massive legislation by the end of the year, but talks between House and Senate negotiators have stalled over how much should be cut from food stamps — a program that helps to feed one in seven Americans. "We're not talking about lavish meals," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, said during an event at the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe where he was joined by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County.
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By John Fritze and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Tracey Coleman understands that many people are skeptical about the federal food stamp program, and she agrees that some reform may be needed. But the 43-year-old Essex woman also knows food stamps have kept her family fed since her husband was laid off from the Sparrows Point steel plant last year. And she doesn't believe the broad cuts Congress is considering are the right thing to do. "It's made a difference in our life," said Coleman, who is raising three children, including a daughter who is autistic.
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