MARYLAND - Maryland State Police are out there to serve and protect, but recently, they've added "feeding the hungry" to their list of duties. In a month long campaign, they teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank and other community partners for "Hunger Action Month." Each of the 22 police barracks collected non-perishable food donations in September. Monday, at the weigh-in in Salisbury, they found out they collected 9,433 pounds of food! That's 7,256 meals.
As Jennifer Small with the Maryland Food Bank tells WMDT, that can make a big impact. "We are looking at about 42,000 people who are food insecure. Which means they have no idea where their next meal is coming from. And when you take an amount of food to this degree and you partner that with how many people are going hungry, we are able to put a lot of food on people's tables," she says.
Overall, the Maryland Food Bank collected 35,499 pounds of food, or 29,583 meals.