In an effort to increase food access across the state, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that it has signed on to an initiative funded by the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service which will enable local farmers to connect with the Maryland Food Bank (MFB).
The new program will provide a $6.1 million grant to Maryland which will directly fund the MFB and the Capital Area Food Bank so that they can purchase local produce from Maryland farmers and watermen.
Along with local vegetables, the MFB will be buying meat, milk, eggs, and blue catfish, no less. All of which will no doubt come as welcome alternatives to the regular staples of cans of beans and packets of macaroni cheese.
You can read more about the program and the Maryland Food Bank at Maryland Food Bank – A Hunger Relief Non-Profit | Donate Now (mdfoodbank.org)