Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank
Your Food and Resources Center for Anne Arundel County
HELPING The way of life for
Anne Arundel County families
~~Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, vehicles, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge. We work alongside local county government, community, and civic organizations to identify and address needs. These organizations include the Department of Social Services, Service Coordination, Crisis Response, Child Protective Services, and Family support Center, Personal Pupil Workers of A.A. Public Schools, Department of Aging, Community Action, Ordinance Road Detention Center, Red Cross and others.
43,730 people in Anne Arundel County are food insecure, unsure where they will get their next meal. Of this 16.3% or 20,210 are children. (Feeding America, 2011) This data understates the true extent of the problem because the cost of living in Anne Arundel County is well above the national poverty line. The chart below from Poverty Amidst Plenty, The Two Faces of Anne Arundel County, 2012 depict the huge gap Anne Arundel County residents need to be self-sufficient compared to the National Average.
~~43% of people in Anne Arundel County residents cannot afford fair market rent (US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2010). In 2012 there were 1096 homeless students in Anne Arundel County schools. This has nearly doubled since 2008 (Poverty Amidst Plenty, 2012) Nutrition is essential to growth, development, mental and physical health, concentration, scholastic achievement, and strengthens the immune system. To ensure these students and other students in need maintain proper nutrition we started back pack programs ensuring proper nutrition is maintained when schools are closed. This is especially helpful over long breaks. During the summer months we support seasonal feeding programs at schools, churches, summer camps and other locations throughout Anne Arundel County making nutritious foods accessible to students when free school lunches are not offered.
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 59% increase in households assisted by pantries and the 50% increase experienced by our onsite feeding programs over the past five years. 56% of food insecure residents in Anne Arundel County are 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 .12% from 2013 to 2014 . The housing market crash prevented those in crisis to be unable to sell their homes. Many families were forced to foreclose and move in with family or friends making them essentially homeless and further in debt.
During 2014 Your Anne Arundel County Food Bank supplied food for 59 pantries, 11 Soup Kitchens, 21 Shelters and 19 School Back Pack programs throughout Anne Arundel County. We also support seasonal programs such as winter relief, free community events and dinners for those in need, free summer camps and summer programs to under privileged children as well as participating annually in AA County Homeless Resource Day. Over the past year, we distributed over $2.5 million worth of food to our member agencies (pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). This is $1.1 million more than last year.
Our 59 pantries distributed over 185,000 bags of food to approximately 55,500 families feeding approximately 238,000 people in need. This is a 34% increase in the number of households assisted. The Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank works with the Department of Human Resources to make sure that congregate feeding sites always have a hot meal to offer. In FY 14, our soup kitchens served over 1,065,000 nutritious meals to homeless and hungry citizens in our county. Serving 65% more people than in FY13. We also host a Nutritional Diet Program to helps families whose needs go beyond standard food pantry items. The goal of the Nutritional Diet Program is to ensure that seniors and infants with diet constraints are not left at risk of hunger or malnutrition, which could increase poor health. The past year 1,804 families were assisted through this program.
Over 10% of County residents between ages 18 and 64 reported that they lacked any kind of health care insurance in 2010. This means there are approximately 36,000 working‐age adults in our community without health insurance. (Department, 2012) Inadequate health coverage jeopardizes financial security. Not only are hospitals and Doctors’ visits expensive but so are essential medical equipment. To defray costs we offer a medical loan program to the uninsured and under insured. In FY 14 we assisted almost 166 people with equipment valued at over $45,000.00
Our next two programs, the Furniture Program and Wheels for Work Program are aimed to save clients’ money by providing costly basic necessities including furniture, appliances, household items and vehicles. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank works closely with local community, civic and county and state organizations to identify and address needs. Several of these agencies are D.S.S., Dept. of Aging, Crisis Response, Red Cross, & Housing Authority. This past year, the AACFB assisted 72 families with appliances and 6,418 families with furniture, exercise equipment and household items valued at over $200,600. Anne Arundel County’s public
transportation is made up of several smaller systems that do not work together nor do they span the entire county. Relying on this system inhibits employment opportunities and makes furthering education challenging. Almost 10,000 households in 2010 reported that they did not own a vehicle. (Poverty Amidst Plenty, 2012) The Anne Arundel County Food Bank matches donated vehicles to people in need. In FY 14 we distributed 3 vehicles. Two recipients obtained a better job which they have maintained to date. The third is obtaining a higher education.
In our 29th year of operation, your Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) assisted many agencies. Some of the highlights of our anniversary year include but are not limited to:
Back Pack Buddies: Supplied snacks and sandwich fixings for children to take home ensuring they have food to eat
Lyons Club: We collect and then donate eye glasses to be recycled and used to prevent blindness worldwide through the Lyons Club Sight Program
Fire Victims: We assisted several fire victims referred by the Red Cross, the Department of Social Services, and other service oriented agencies.
Winter Relief: During the winter months, churches open their doors to house and feed the homeless. The AACFB supplies food, toiletries, blankets, clothes and other items requested to serve their needs.
Summer Camp: Food, games, clothing, and prizes are provided free to summer camps for underprivileged children.
Holidays: We assist local pantries, the Department of Social Services and other service oriented agencies with food for Holiday baskets and presents for children and their families. These services are supported by AACFB food drives, and organizations that donate to support this cause.
Happy Helpers for the Homeless: Is a volunteer program that prepares and distributes lunches, clothes, school supplies and other necessities to the homeless and the less fortunate. For many years, they operated under the Food Bank's tax exempt authorization.
Back to School: Students are assisted with school supplies, book bags, clothes and other items upon request. These services are supported by various back to school drives and benefit children/students who are less fortunate. Pupil Personnel Workers work directly with the Food Bank for food for their clients.
Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary: Uneatable food is donated to the Wildlife Sanctuary to feed rescued animals. These items include smashed breads and produce. We also give out donated pet foods.
ASPCA: works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Pet food and supplies are donated to support their cause
AACFB Outreach: Surplus medical items are shared with local and remote areas in need. This past fiscal year we were able to assist by sending
a. Wound care and orthopedic supplies, along with walkers to South America and the Phillipines, effectively helping 40 people with their surgery post op needs. Some patients in these countries are using pieces of wood to ambulate, as they cannot afford walkers.
b. A large box of diabetic and surgical supplies went to an American Samoa Eye Clinic at their only hospital in LBJ Hospital in Pago Pago. The doctor estimates that we have helped over 50 people with the supplies sent.
c. Ostomy supplies were donated to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. Over 8 large boxes of supplies were donated, which will help over 30 people with their medical needs.
d. A set of specialized gel foam dressing were sent to Mexico, to help heal an abandoned newborn with serious skin wounds.
e. Expired gauze and gloves have been donated to low cost spay and neuter clinics, which donate their services to controlling feral animal populations in the area.
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. Housing Authority City of Annapolis
B. A. A. County Department of Social Services
C. A. A. County Department of Health
D. A. A. County Department of Aging
E. A. A. County Crisis Response System
F. A. A. County Community Care Partnership Program
G. A. A. Community Action
H. Child Protective Services
I. The Fouse Center
J. Service Coordination, Inc.
K. Community Residences
L. Salvation Army
N. A.A. Medical Center
O. Hospice of the Chesapeake
P. Priority Partners
Q. Housing Commission of A. A. County
S. Annapolis Family Support Center
T. Medical Management Rehabilitation Services
U. Annapolis Family Support Center
V. A. A. County Economic Opportunity Committee, Inc.
W. Active Day Medical Adult Day Care
X. Partnership Development, Inc.
Y. Partners in Care
Z. Red Cross
AA. Food Link
BB. Department Labor & Licensing
CC. A.A.C. Public Schools
DD. Infant and Toddlers Program
The staff of the Food Bank includes a full-time Director, an administrator, caseworker, a warehouse manager, IT Consultant, driver and one part time driver, along with assistance of countless volunteers. Donations are solicited through food drives, local markets, and food wholesale distributors. The goal of our programs is to help get people out of crisis, assist them in becoming stable, by providing all of our services free of charge we enable them to save money allowing them to save and ultimately become self-sufficient.
We have had a very successful year and will continue our work and mission of fighting hunger, assuring that all of those in need have access to food, furniture, appliances and durable medical equipment. Here are some letters from clients on how we made a difference improving their quality of life and a list of our member agencies (i.e. pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.)
Provided By: Susan Thomas