It’s officially Hunger Action Month and the Maryland FoodBank and its partners, the Maryland State Police and the Department of Transportation, Charm City Run, Giant Food, and the Baltimore Ravens, have joined forces to collect food for the hungry all month long.
“The face of hunger is changing and includes working Americans who don’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Deborah Flateman. “This month in particular, we’re encouraging people to be a voice for this serious issue that affects one in seven Marylanders.”
Throughout September, food banks across the nation are rallying to raise awareness and inspire action against hunger, an issue affecting an estimated 50 million Americans. Nearly 780,000 Marylanders experience food insecurity, and 38 percent in the Maryland Food Bank’s service area earn “too much” to receive SNAP food assistance benefits.
Deborah Flateman, President and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police and Melinda B. Peters, Administrator of the State Highway Administration display their #BeAVoiceMFB speech bubbles.
Events scheduled throughout the month encourage ordinary citizens to get involved and donate food at a number of locations, including the following:
MARYLAND STATE POLICE & DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOOD DRIVE
Now until September 26, 2014
State Police barracks, State Highway Administration offices, Transportation Authority locations, and a number of MVA branch offices statewide
Throughout the month of September, the Maryland State Police, the Department of Transportation, and allied law enforcement agencies will collect food donations at sites across the state. The pressure is on to see which agency will collect the most! The list of drop-off locations can be found at www.mdfoodbank.org/hunger-action-month.
BE A VOICE HUNGER ACTION SYMPOSIUM 2014
When: September 19, 2014 / 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Martin’s West – 6817 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Hear from an internationally-recognized lineup of leaders in the field of hunger relief, including United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who will serve as the keynote speaker. Experienced anti-hunger advocates will also address why we can-and must-solve the problem now. Some of the day’s highlights also include panel discussions, live polling, Q&A with experts, and the Hunger Advocacy Awards Luncheon.
BALTIMORE RAVENS FOOD & FUNDS DRIVE
When: September 28, 2014 / 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
Maryland Food Bank volunteers will be stationed at M&T Bank Stadium gates to collect food and funds for the hungry. Donations of non-perishable, nutrient-rich foods like peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal and canned fruits and vegetables are encouraged. Plus, every $1 donated provides two meals to hungry Marylanders.
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