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HEALTHY FOOD IS A RIGHT.

We believe that together, we can create communities where everyone has access to healthy, affordable food. In our fourth year of the Access to Healthy Food Initiative, we are improving the quantity and quality of meals provided to low-income families in our region. Moving forward we also will be taking a closer look at the needs and gaps in our communities to address broader health issues.

Our health programs aim to:

  • Distribute at least 1.5 million pounds of healthy food each year to low-income families
  • Expand infrastructure so that people have more consistent access to it
  • Educate families on how to prepare nutritious meals and achieve a healthy lifestyle

SUCCESS STORY: DOUBLE THE BENEFITS FOR EATING HEALTHY

Franny, who relies on food stamps and lives in a food desert, is now able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from urban farm stands in her neighborhood instead of having to go to fast food joints and corner stores. She even receives “double dollars” on healthy purchases with her food stamps.

HOW IT WORKS

GROWING MORE

We aim to source more healthy food locally. This includes growing (contract growing, farm expansion and urban farming) and gleaning.

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IMPROVING DISTRIBUTION

With so many people in need, getting the food to them quickly is critical. But we also focus on keeping that food nutritious and safe as long as possible through proper transportation, refrigeration and storage.

INCREASING ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY

To improve access and affordability of food sources, we support after-school meal programs, virtual supermarkets, access to public benefits and so much more.

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WHY DO WE NEED IT?

In central Maryland, more than 345,000 people don’t have access to healthy food. When families don’t have nutritious foods, it’s more difficult to work toward becoming self-sufficient. Kids often have a hard time focusing in school and don’t have the energy they need to learn and grow.

On top of that, it’s likely that low-income families already struggle to afford food. The average Maryland SNAP (food stamps) benefit is only $32.11 per week, per person. We all know that the cheapest options aren’t always the healthiest.

Even if healthy food was affordable, it’s hard to get access to it in a food desert. A food desert is an urban neighborhood or rural town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Help low-income families get access to healthy, affordable food by making a gift.