Maryland Food Bank ramping up operations across the state, including in local counties
MARYLAND – The Maryland Food Bank is ramping up their operations across the state, including in Talbot and Wicomico Counties. In Talbot County the food bank has helped coordinate hubs that provide food to local organizations that keep people fed. Meanwhile, in Wicomico County, they’re working with the county’s vulnerable populations task force to identify where people are suffering from food insecurity the most.
Senior Regional Programs Director for the Eastern Shore Jennifer Small says the holiday season is usually a busy time for the food bank. Small says the food bank is going to be especially active this year amid COVID-19. “Before COVID we saw an influx in need. But evermore partners are reporting they are seeing brand new clients that they had never seen before. Those are individuals that are still challenged by not having jobs to go back to,” said Small.
Small adds that the food bank is in dire need of volunteers to help sort and distribute food. We also need volunteer support. With the pandemic we have seen a great decline in volunteers, understandably. But we’re putting that out as a dire need. The food needs to get sorted and prepped so we can get it out quickly,” said Small.
Meanwhile, Small says there will be a distribution event in Salisbury on Saturday and they’re planning ahead for events in Talbot County.