MD Charity Campaign #1858
A Non-Profit Organization serving Anne
Arundel County citizens in need
Anne Arundel County Food
and Resource Bank
The above charts depict this massive increase in need that our pantries, soup kitchens and shelters have faced.
Over the past 6 months the AACFB has distributed over $1.5 million worth of foodassisting over 20,000 unique households via pantries and over 335,000 meals via onsite feeding programs. This is almost 150% increase over this time last year; over $100,000 worth of furniture and appliances have been distributed assisting over 100 households, this is a 400% increase over this time last year; over $33,000 worth of medical items have been distributed assisting 189 individuals, this is over a 250% increase from this time last year; and over $65,000 worth of cleaning, toiletry and clothing have been distributed, this is more than a 200% increase from this point in time last year. In addition the AACFB also assisted 500 children with holiday gifts; assisted over 1,000 households with holiday baskets with the help of our agencies and distributed over school supplies to over 1,500 students in need.
The cost of living in Anne Arundel County is much higher than other counties. Residents spend on average 30% of their income on rent or a mortgage. Housing assistance programs have a 9,000 t0 10,000 households on a wait list for public housing or section 8.
Transportation is a major challenge for our residents. Our county has several separate transit systems working independently which offer limited access which makes obtaining better jobs more difficult. To combat this challenge, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank offers a Vehicle Assistance Program matching families up with donated vehicles. Surveys show that those assisted with vehicles end up with better jobs , a safer community to live in and for many, a college degree.
Anne Arundel County has 69,000 residents living in areas considered a food desert. Food deserts are areas or communities without access to local farmers markets or full service grocery stores which make purchasing healthy fruits and produce too expensive. This is a key factor that leads to obesity and other health disorders like diabetes. One of the goals of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank is to ensure all of our pantries have fresh produce, fruits and vegetables to distribute in addition to canned and frozen foods. In FY 16 we have distributed over 215,000 pounds of produce and 14,000 pounds of perishable foods valued at over $400,000. We hope to grow this even more in FY17 and FY 18.
The following agencies have an ongoing relationship with the AACFB to assist their clients with emergency food, furniture, school supplies, medical equipment, infant supplies, special diet needs, personal hygiene products, children's toys and vehicles.
A. A. Community Action
A. A. County Community Care Partnership Program
A. A. County Crisis Response System
A. A. County Department of Aging
A. A. County Department of Health
A. A. County Department of Social Services
A. A. County Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc
A. A.County Public Schools
A.A. County Medical Center
Active Day Medical Adult Day Care
Annapolis Family Support Center
Annapolis Family Support Center
Back Pack Buddies
Child Protective Services
Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary
Department Labor & Licensing
Family Support Center
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
Hospice of the Chesapeake
Housing Authority City of Annapolis
Housing Commission of A. A. County
Infant and Toddlers Program
Medical Management Rehabilitation Services
Ordinance Road Detention Center
Partners in Care
Partnership Development, Inc
Personal Pupil Workers of A.A. Public Schools
The Fouse Center
The recession had a huge impact on hunger in Anne Arundel County. This is evident in the 50% increase in households receiving food stamps between 2007 and 2009, the 38% increase in households assisted by pantries and the 133% increase experienced by our onsite feeding programs over the past five years since the recession. There are 56% of food insecure residents in Anne Arundel County above the national poverty line and therefore unable to receive food stamps. (U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2010) Our unemployment has made minimal improvement decreasing .5% from 2011 to 2012. The housing market crash prevented those in crisis from selling their homes. Many families were forced into foreclosure and move in with family or friends consequently making them essentially homeless and further in debt.
To ensure the AACFB had enough food to meet the growing demand, in 2016 we joined Feeding America. In FY16 we distributed over $2.1 million worth of food. This is over .5 million more food distributed then in FY15. Over the past 6 months, the AACFB had distributed over $1.5 million worth of food.
There are 33,352 (6.2%) Anne Arundel County residents living below the federal poverty line. However this does not represent a true extent of poverty, as the cost of living in Anne Arundel County is well above the federal poverty line. The federal poverty line measures a family of four earning $24,250 to be in poverty, however the same family of four would need to earn $36.59 an hour ($76,107 annually) to support their family in AA County. This creates a huge gap for those that need assistance but do not qualify for assistance from any government agencies such as food stamps, medical assistance, housing, etc. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank assists these families out of crisis helping them become stable and ultimately self-sufficient by providing costly basic necessities.
Celebrating 30 years this year, The Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) not only distributes food for pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, back-pack programs and special events, but also assists with furniture, appliances, medical equipment, holiday support, back to school supplies and special requests to improve our clients quality of life and ensure basic needs are met.
To achieve our goal we network with local county community and civic organizations to identify and address needs. In FY 16 the AACFB assisted over 45,000 unique households through our pantries and serves over 1 million meals through our on-site feeding programs annually with over $2 million worth of food. Foods provided include produce, perishables, frozen meats, can / shelf stable foods as well as breads and pastries. Our back-pack programs serve over 10,000 bags of food annually containing approximately 30,000 meals to feed 1,400 students. These students get fresh produce every week to ensure healthy eating. In addition the AACFB also assists with other basic necessities such as nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, appliances, toiletries, cleaning products, paper products, clothing and pet food.