County Funds Make Maryland Food Bank Mobile Pantries a Reality
Towson, Maryland (June 13, 2014) — County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that his administration's recent appropriation of an additional $75,000 to support the Maryland Food Bank has resulted in 126,000 pounds of food being distributed to Baltimore County residents in need. This supplemental appropriation was in addition to the $325,000 that was already budgeted for Fiscal Year 2014 to support the Maryland Food Bank's efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity among Baltimore County residents.
"The County has been very instrumental in supporting the Food Bank as a whole and we use that funding to get more food out the door to the people who need it," said Nancy Smith, Senior Director of Government Relations and Principal Gifts for the Maryland Food Bank.
"This $75,000 supplemental budget appropriation has gone directly toward supporting the Maryland Food Bank's Pantry on the Go Program, which 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," Kamenetz said.
Distribution Sites Across the County
The Food Bank partners with community-based organizations to disseminate food quickly to those in need. Distribution sites supported by this additional funding include:
- Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown
- Lansdowne Senior Center
- Seven Oaks Senior Center in Nottingham
- Parkville Senior Center
- Cockeysville Senior Center
- United Churches Assistance Network in Cockeysville
- Pleasant Zion Youth Outreach in Dundalk
- Steel Workers Support Group in Dundalk
- Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown
- St. Stephens Living Faith in Essex
- St. Clements in Lansdowne
- Weinberg House in Pikesville
- Essex United Methodist Church
- Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center in Dundalk
"No one should have to go hungry and this additional funding is helping ensure that this critical safety net is available for Baltimore County residents who need it," said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.
"We see greater need among working families and seniors than ever before. The food bank and services like it are critical," said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk, in whose district the Maryland Food Bank is headquartered.
Baltimore County residents in need of food assistance can contact the Maryland Food Bank at 410-737-8282 to be connected with a food pantry in their area.