- The food bank had relied on native foods, but that source dried up during the pandemic.
- “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been buying more food than ever,” Maryland Food Bank spokesperson Joanna Warren told The Center Square.
- In 2019, the food bank bought 12 million pounds of food at 45 cents per pound. For fiscal 2023, the facility is budgeting for double that amount.
Pre-COVID, Maryland was already one of the most expensive places in the U.S. to live. And the average household now, as a result of inflation, spends $445 more a month to buy the same goods and services it purchased this time last year, the food bank says.