The story of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank is full of interesting events that when brought together have produced a thriving and prosperous organization. It all began in the 1980s then the Anne Arundel Council of Community Services, an umbrella organization representing human service providers in Anne Arundel County determined that a food bank would be a fabulous and necessary service to providers and consumers alike. Among these organizations were the Department of Social Services, United Way of Maryland, Department of Aging, Hope House, Community Action Committee, Maryland Food Committee, Helping Hand and Legal Aid of Maryland (Diane Goforth, Ebony Alexander, Malissa Zieve, Bill Leahy, Lois Zink and others). The only option at the time was to travel to Baltimore to access food from the Maryland Food Bank. This required not only travel and an inconvenient location but also a membership fee and a shared maintenance fee for the food itself. Most emergency feeding programs and human service agencies did not have the vehicles, personnel or money for gas to accommodate utilizing the Maryland Food Bank.
In October of 1986, the AACFB warehouse became operational as a permanent distribution point in Deale. In 2004, we moved to our current location in Crownsville, which is a one-story 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse, with two loading docks. In 2012, we expanded in 2009 and added an additional 3,750 sq. foot freezer. The AACFB is the only free multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, and more to those in need. To ensure all areas in AA County are covered, especially those in low income communities, we offer our services free of charge. We work alongside Local County, Community and Civic organizations to identify and address needs. These organizations include the DSS, Service Coordination, Crisis Response, Child Protective Services, and Family Support Center, Personal Pupil Workers of A.A. Public Schools, Department of Aging, Community Action, Red Cross and others. Today, we continue our mission, while seeking additional ways that we can serve those in need.
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The first location of the AA County Food Bank was Cedar Grove's Community Meeting Hall located next to Cedar Grove.
The addition of this 650 sq. ft. freezer allowed us to eliminate off-site freezer costs and increase frozen food donations.
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
120 Marbury Drive
Crownsville, MD 21032
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am - 3pm (closed 12-1)
PO Box 650
Crownsville, MD 21032
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