During FY19, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) supplied food and basic necessities to 68 pantries, 8 soup kitchens, 12 shelters, 41 schools with backpack programs, 11 baby pantries, 8 senior pantries, 4 pet pantries, 13 clothing pantries, and 1 furniture program 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 Anne Arundel County Homeless Resource Day. In FY19 the AACFB distributed almost $4 million dollars’ worth of food and basic necessities which includes over 2.6 million pounds to our member agencies (pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). The AACFB uses a core set of programs to carry out our mission. These programs may vary based on the needs of those we serve. In FY19 our services included:
AACFB roof was in dire need of repairs but without a long-term lease the repair was prohibitive. With support from the entire delegation, a 15 year lease was obtained!! Senator Ed Reilly and Delegate Heather Bagnall sponsored a bond to match funds from Deerbrook Trust to repair the roof. Work is set to begin in September 2019.
The Dept. of General Services and the Governor's Office facilitated the acquisition of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for our homeless population in FY19. This effort will supply over 120,000 meals and 60,000 snacks!
The U.S. partial gov't shutdown, began on Dec. 22, 2018 and ended 35 days later with a short-term funding bill, was the longest in U.S. history. Anne Arundel County being home to many federal employees, the AACFB took action. AACFB creating a Federal Furlough Assistance Program to help resulting in a 25% to 33% increase in people seeking help.
Homeless Resource Day is an annual County event to help those without permanent housing access the numerous services they need to become more self-sufficient and seek permanent housing. Services that might take a homeless individual months or longer to obtain are provided for free in one location.
AACFB partnered with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and the MD Dept. of General Services Surplus Program during FY19 to acquire and redistribute furniture and other gently used housing items from the U.S. Navy. Items were distributed through AACFB to shelters, safe houses, and transitional furniture assistance programs throughout MD, including in Anne Arundel County.
The first ever Community Day event at AACFB was held on June 1st at the Food Bank. There were games, raffles, prizes and food - with lots of fun for all! Members of the Board of Directors, the Original Laurel Assembly, and ACAN were on hand to help, and a good time was had by all!
The Sarbanes Center selected the AACFB as their Partner of the Year! This partnership brings together all of the resources of the AACC in a year-long collaboration to make a greater impact in the community. One project was preformed by students in the Visual Arts Department created branding for AACFB, and created a whole array of new ways to use our logo and brand including business cards, letterhead, brochures, etc.
Healthy Start conducts home visits and assesses clients needs and then picks up these items from AACFB. Items range from a car seat, stroller, baby gate and crib. Like all AACFB services, these are provided free of charge.
A long-time partner of the AACFB, the Midshipmen of Annapolis adopted the AACFB as a volunteer partner in FY19 to offer monthly volunteer help. The Midshipmen volunteered for many tasks including sorting food, clearing up foliage for the roof repair, reorganization of the warehouse and much more. All this in addition to their annual food drive.
New partnership opportunities were created to ensure fresh produce may be available throughout AA County to residents in need. Partners pick up these healthy foods and distribute then to our communities.
The AACFB is proud to partner with Hope for All, a non-profit in Glen Burnie that helps former homeless and low-income families and individuals turn a house into a home. Items donated include furniture, lamps, and curtains.
Bike AAA advocate for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices; and educate children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling. This new partnerships offers bike safety training and safety helmets to bike recipients through the Healthy Living Initiative Bike Giveaways to promote exercise.
In FY19, AACFB hosted 89 volunteer groups. Volunteer groups came and sorted donated food, produce, chemicals, clothing—whatever we needed sorted, they were up to the task! Groups from civic organizations, churches, businesses—and more—gave their time to help the AACFB, and we are truly grateful!
Ralph Lauren-Polo Employees
North County High School STEM Students
BACC Riva Road MC
Holy Family Church
Target Nolpark Employees
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
Dept. of Social Services
Maryland Aviation Administration
Dept. of Natural Resources
Fort Meade 90CPT
St. Andrew's Day School
Live! Casino & Hotel
Arundel Home Schoolers
Bay Area Wellness Center
Maryland Dept. of Transportation
The Berkshire Community
MITRE Fort Meade
The Au Pair Group
Church of the Latter Day Saints
Lighthouse Church of Millersville
Annapolis Area Christian School
Capital District Boy Scouts
Annapolis Rotary/Annapolis High School Students
Keller Williams Select
...and our groups from Providence Center and Bello Machre who come in weekly, as well as many Anne Arundel County individuals and their families!
Volunteers are the backbone of the AACFB and make all of our work possible. To learn more about volunteer opportunities click the link below.