With The Pandemic, Food Insecurity Is Soaring | WYPR

With The Pandemic, Food Insecurity Is Soaring

Apr 21, 2020

Volunteers packing donated food.
Credit Courtesy of Maryland Food Bank

Today, a discussion with the people working to put food on the tables of Maryland families who are experiencing food insecurity because of COVID-19. 

Tom’s first guest is Carmen Del Guerciothe president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, a non-profit organization that distributes food to pantries, soup kitchens and other organizations.  Donations of to the Food Bank are currently down 90%. To make a donation, click here. 

A little later in the program Tom is joined by Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions and an advocate for the expansion of nutrition and food assistance programs. Wilson sets the record straight on new guidelines for federal food assistance programs. 

A reminder for Seniors:  The Maryland Department of Aging has a Senior Call-Check service -- the first service of its kind being offered anywhere in the country. Seniors 65 and older can register for the service, and every day, someone will call to check in and make sure you’re doing OK.  If you live alone, and your family and friends can’t visit because of the stay at home orders, please call this number and register.  If you need any assistance, the person who’s calling you can direct you to resources that can help.  Register online or call 1-866-50 CHECK.