Maryland Food Bank receives $2,600 donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

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BALTIMORE, MD – Woodforest Charitable Foundation donated a total of $2,600 to Maryland Food. The funds will assist the Food Bank’s efforts of eliminating childhood hunger.

In Fiscal Year 2011, the Maryland Food Bank provided more than 18 million meals to hungry Marylanders across the state. In response to the growing number of people in need, the Food Bank launched the Farm to Food Bank program, partnering with 27 farms and gleaning cooperatives to ensure a steady supply of produce. In addition, FoodWorks was established to create a commercial kitchen that enables the food bank to reconstitute perishable and prepared foods into healthy frozen meals. Maryland Food Bank’s School Pantry Program operated in 124 schools, distributing more than 1 million pounds of food to almost 13,000 families.

Currently, more than 205,000 children in the Food Bank’s service area are at risk of hunger.  The Maryland Food Bank combats childhood through its At Risk Supper and Backpack Programs. The Backpack Program provides bags full of food to children eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school.  Backpacks are handed out on Fridays and children take them home to share with their families over the weekend.  The program began when teachers noticed children returning to school on Monday unable to concentrate because they had not eaten all weekend.

“Thank you so much for your recent contribution. Your gift helps to sustain the Maryland Food Bank, our network of 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, and all of the individuals and families who depend on us,” said Deborah Flateman, CEO of Maryland Food Bank.  “Your investment in our work makes all of this possible and we could not be more grateful.”

The Food Bank was founded in 1979 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state's hungry.  The Maryland Food Bank operates from two facilities: one in Baltimore, serving all Maryland counties except Montgomery and Prince George's, and one in Salisbury, serving the Eastern Shore.

For more information about Maryland Food Bank’s Youth Programs, please visit or call (410) 737-8282.
The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c) (3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at .

Celebrating 32 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.7 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 780 throughout 17 states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at