Help change the odds for food insecure families in central Maryland.
Nothing is more basic than having access to healthy food, yet more than 325,000 central Marylanders are food insecure. United Way of Central Maryland’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative is a multi-year program that aims to increase access to healthy food by at least 1.5 million pounds each year. Thanks to generous support from our donors, we’ve surpassed our goal and increased access to healthy food in central Maryland by 5.1 million pounds within the first 21 months of the initiative. Much progress has been achieved – but there is still more to be accomplished.
Molly Shattuck, a 20-year supporter of UWCM and founder of Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living, brings her passion for a healthy lifestyle, family and volunteerism to the Access to Healthy Food Initiative, serving as our Healthy Food Ambassador. In this role, Molly is creating awareness around the issue of food insecurity across central Maryland by speaking to businesses and other organizations about the importance of the Healthy Food Initiative, leading educational volunteer events (like healthy food drives and gleaning events at local farms), as well as playing a major role in fundraising.
Current and Upcoming Projects
On Nov. 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) will be reduced, creating ramifications beyond the already incomprehensible fact that more than one in eight central Maryland residents (and one in five children) is food insecure.