Recently, Carmen Del Guercio penned an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun regarding proposed budget cuts to anti-hunger programs. In his piece, Del Guercio addresses how critical funding for these programs is and why it should matter to us all. He goes on to describe potential cuts to anti-hunger programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which could result in a loss of at least 45 billion meals over 10 years nationwide. At a time when “one in nine Marylanders [are] lacking regular access to healthy food,” he says, this is a huge loss in the fight against hunger.
Maryland Food Bank
Since 1979, the Maryland Food Bank has been offering quality food that would otherwise go to waste to help struggling families. They have quietly done their work and helped provide meals to those who need them. These budget cuts initiate a different mindset, however, where the food bank must make its presence aware and drum up the necessary funding.
My Brother’s Keeper’s Response
My Brother’s Keeper, much like the Maryland Food Bank, are concerned with the notion of removing funding from these necessary services. Danise Jones-Dorsey, Executive Director for Irvington My Brother’s Keeper, said, “MBK is proud to be part of this statewide network that is committed to feeding the hungry, our neighbors!” She went on to say that she “urges all to do their part to advocate for federal, state funding to insure ALL are food secure.”
What Can You Do?
This isn’t a movement that can gain momentum on its own. We need help from people like you, every day citizens who stumble upon this information and are concerned about the well-being of other members of their community. Take an active role in convincing your lawmakers that these programs are essential by visiting www.mdfoodbank.org/hunger-action-center to find out more. Beyond that, volunteer at My Brother’s Keeper or the Maryland Food Bank or any of the many, necessary groups that are mobilizing to help feed people around the nation.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.