In the 1980s the Anne Arundel Council of Community Services determined that a food bank was a needed service for county residents. The only available option to obtain food at the time was to travel to Baltimore to the Maryland Food Bank. An original site was found in Deale, Maryland and Helping Hand of Annapolis, Inc., an already-established nonprofit, agreed to sponsor the facility. With operational grant support from the County Executive’s Office, the doors of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank (AACFB) opened in October of 1986. AACFB incorporated in September 1989, and a nonprofit designation was issued the following December. In 2004, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank moved to its current location, a 32,000-square-foot warehouse on the former Crownsville State Hospital campus.
From its inception, AACFB has been dedicated to serving the people of our County facing food insecurity by obtaining nourishing food through food drives and partnerships with government, corporate, and nonprofit entities, and distributing that food through our Agency Partners to our neighbors in need. Though the mission is simple, the logistics are complex and challenging, especially as the needs of our community change and grow.