MARYLAND - The Maryland Food Bank is kicking off its annual Hunger Action Month. According to the USDA, more than 720,000, Marylanders aren't sure of where their next meal is coming from.
Here on the shore, Somerset County has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the state with 17.8 percent.
For other Maryland counties along the shore...
Queen Annes: 6.7%
Caroline County: 11.2%
Talbot County: 9.4%
Dorchester County: 15%
Wicomico County: 14:2%
Worcester County: 12.7%
Representatives from the Salisbury branch of the Maryland Food Bank say the need has been growing and changing over the years, shifting from just low income residents, to many working class people.
"Nobody wants to say 'I can't feed my family,' says Yvonne Terry, Director of Development for the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank, "so we want others to know that you're not alone and that there are so many that have the same situation, and that's why we're here. We're not here to give a handout, we're here to give a hand up."
For more on Hunger Action Month, visit the Maryland Food Bank online.