In the middle of September, the Martin’s West in Baltimore was home to the 2014 Be a Voice Hunger Action Symposium. Leaders, partners, and advocates from all around the world gathered in Baltimore to discuss the ever growing problem of hunger in the state of Maryland. The event was sponsored by the Maryland Food Bank. There were polls, discussions, and awards distributed throughout the event to help raise more awareness of the hunger problem in Maryland. The main discussion areas included:
- Hunger with health intersection
- Hunger with employment intersection
- Hunger with education intersection
Here are some shocking statistics that were highlighted during the symposium:
- Of the members in attendance of the symposium, 41% said they know a neighbor or member of their community who is affected by hunger.
- Of that same group of members, 37% said they have a family member affected by hunger.
- According to the MFB, 1 in 7 people experience hunger in the Maryland area. That translates to 1 of 5 children.
- 38% of those faced with food insecurities earn too much for them to qualify for assistance with food.
There were a number of awards acknowledged during the symposium, one of which being the Ruby Rogers Award. This award is funded by the daughters of the late Ruby Rogers, who was one of the founding members of the Maryland Food Committee. We are pleased to say that our very own Executive Director Ms. Danise Jones-Dorsey was awarded this prestigious award during the symposium. Without the dedication and passion of Ms. Dorsey, My Brother’s Keeper wouldn’t be what it is today.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our meal programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
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