The face of hunger is more familiar than you think.
Calvert County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. So who could possibly need help with their groceries?
The truth is, hunger in Southern Maryland looks different than you might imagine.
It’s not people begging on the streets. It’s people who look just like us—like you. People with jobs and homes. People who seem like they’re doing fine, but in reality they’re struggling to afford nutritious food.
That’s just not OK with us.
And we hope it’s not OK with you, either.
- 25,000 people in Southern Maryland rely on food pantries for their next meal – that 1 in 15 families.
- Nearly half of food-insecure families make too much money to qualify for federal programs such as SNAP.
- More than 3,000 kids need free and reduced-price school lunches.
- Kids are more likely to be distracted and have trouble in school when they are hungry.
- Adults are more likely to develop serious health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Families are forced to make impossible choices between food, medical care, utilities, and housing.
Source: Feeding America
No one should have to choose between feeding their kids and paying their electric bill.
With your help, they won’t.
We know you care about our community as much as we do. But it can be hard to know whom to trust with your resources. For every $1 you give to End Hunger, $0.94 goes directly to meeting the needs of hungry people.
End Hunger is the only charity in Calvert County to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 standards for Charity Accountability. When you offer your time and money through End Hunger, you’ll see tangible results in your own community.
Ending hunger is about
so much more than groceries.
Through our 12,000 ft² Warehouse, we supply food and other resources to partner feeding organizations throughout Southern Maryland, such as food pantries and HeartFelt Backpacks.
The space also houses our Culinary Training program and collaborative workspace for like-valued nonprofits.
This free, eight-week program prepares individuals to work in the hospitality industry. In addition to job-placement assistance, students receive help with budgeting and personal development.
Our program is specifically designed to serve individuals with disabilities to help them grow and become more independent.
End Hunger Month
The Maryland State Senate and Calvert County Board of Commissioners officially declared October as End Hunger In Calvert County Month. During the entire month of October, many businesses, schools, and individuals will be hosting food drives all over Calvert County! This is one way that you and your family can be involved, showing our community we are UNITED behind the idea that hunger can be defeated.
When you give to End Hunger,
your impact is undeniable.
In 2020, hundreds of generous donors and more than 1,700 volunteers made it possible for us to:
2 million pounds
of food and product
Serve more than
in Southern Maryland
Privide culinary training to
with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Provide food for
throughout the pandemic
Offer culinary students
of hands-on training
Have a blast.
We gather several times a year to get to know our neighbors, have fun, and raise funds to fight hunger in Calvert County.
We’d love to be made irrelevant.
Let’s end hunger in Calvert County for good.