As essential second responders, the Maryland Food Bank is working diligently to continue core operations amidst this public health crisis. For 40 years, the organization served as the hub of the food assistance safety net, and will continue to be here for their neighbors in need, especially during times of uncertainty.
First and foremost, the Maryland Food Bank is buying food by the truckload, ensuring shelves and the shelves of community partners are stocked to serve their communities for months to come.
The organization is constantly communicating with these partners and keeping them updated with the latest information, including recommending various safe distribution practices, such as cutting back on large-scale events, distributing prebagged food, and taking client intake information verbally.
The closure of schools and businesses as well as widespread social distancing has put many at risk of losing their income and they will likely turn to their local food pantry for assistance. That’s why the Maryland Food Bank is encouraging partners to remain open and working with them to find creative distribution solutions.
In addition, the organization is adapting distribution methods in close coordination with school staff. Some school districts have already developed an independent plan to feed students while schools are closed, and some have reached out to Maryland Food Bank for help. They have also begun to distribute “Grab & Go” meals for students at select sites that typically host MFB Summer Clubs in locations across central Maryland.
Given the constantly changing scenarios, the Maryland Food Bank’s operations team and volunteers are also assembling “Back Up Boxes,” which are filled with most wanted items, like pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned vegetables. These boxes will serve as a “back up” in situations where our programs and regular distribution channels are not available.
The Maryland Food Bank will continue to serve on our mission’s promise, with adjustments to adhere to local, state, and federal safety guidelines to help reduce the spread of the virus. At this time, the Maryland Food Bank needs healthy volunteers to help out in their warehouse. The volunteer team has implemented safety precautions and promoting health protocols set forth by the CDC.
For more information, visit the Maryland Food Bank’s website.
Source: Maryland Food Bank