Our History

The AACFB is the only free multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, and more to those in need.

Our History

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 was a necessary service. To meet the needs of emergency feeding programs and human service agencies, the first Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) warehouse became operational as a distribution point in Deale, Maryland in the Cedar Grove Methodist Church.

Helping Hand of Annapolis acted as the Fiscal Sponsor and Bruce Michalec was AACFB’s founding Executive Director until AACFB received their nonprofit designation in 1989. Bruce continued on as the Executive Director for the next 30 years. Under his leadership, AACFB quickly outgrew the capacity of the church and found its current home in 2004 at the Crownsville location. This warehouse is a one-story 32,000 square foot warehouse with three loading docks, multiple walk-in refrigerators and freezers.

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 Anne Arundel 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 Anne Arundel 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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Bruce Michalec, Anne Arundel County Food Bank's founding Executive Director.

Cedar Grove UMC Community Hall

The first location of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank was Cedar Grove's Community Meeting Hall.

Ground Breaking of New Freezer in 2009

The addition of this 650 sq. ft. freezer allowed us to eliminate off-site freezer costs and increase frozen food donations.