Reporting Mike Schuh
HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Food Bank says over 175,000 Marylanders don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Now–as Mike Schuh reports–they have found a creative way to get their message out.
During the holiday’s they have no trouble filling the warehouse at the Maryland Food Bank.
“We’re happy to get food in the summer, in the spring and in the summer, because you know we get so much food around Thanksgiving and Christmas, you know because people think people are only hungry around Thanksgiving and Christmas. But they’re hungry year-round,” said Beth Wedeking of the Maryland Food Bank.
So, what does that have to do with stacked cans of food at the White Marsh Mall?
“Well it’s called Lilly Pad Lunch. Most of it, all of it, gets donated to the Maryland Food Bank,” said Christina Sean of Hord Coplan Macht, Inc Architects.
Part art, part philanthropy, and all good.
“They got together to figure out how many cans, how many boxes they need,” said Sean.
Sculptures made of food. There are three of these Lilly Pad lunches, slice of cake and girl scout cookies, all designed by local architectural firms.
The display draws attention to the Maryland Food Bank.
“Really we just wanted to promote awareness to the food bank and the fact that now donations are low, and it’s a time when people should come out, donate to the food bank to people who don’t have it,” said Lisa Bisenius, manager at White Marsh Mall.
Through this weekend there is a vote for the favorite sculpture.
Of course, the Maryland Food Bank always needs food, but what they really need now is volunteers to help pack and sort the food as right now they’re adding extra shifts.
If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
On average the food bank receives 11 tons of food per week.