BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Because of your help, thousands of people who go without food here in Maryland will have something to eat.

Marcus Washington has a look at the donations from the Orioles food drive this weekend.

WJZ, along with MASN and the Orioles, partnered to generate money and food for the Maryland Food Bank. We won’t know the financial donations until later this week, but because of your help, nearly 6,000 pounds of food were collected.

The Orioles are sitting in first place in the AL East heading into the All-Star break after winning two of three games with the Yankees and O’s fans have a lot to get excited about. That excitement doesn’t end with the game.

For three days, fans donated thousands of dollars and pounds of food as WJZ, MASN and the Orioles joined forces to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

Monday morning, nearly 6,000 pounds of food were collected. This past weekend will help people in need of food.

“Unfortunately in the state of Maryland, we have one in seven adults who are food insure and when you look at the number for kids, it’s one in five,” said Meg Kimmel, Maryland Food Bank.

When you walk inside the Maryland Food Bank, you are overwhelmed by the amount of food inside the warehouse but if you stop and think about it, if all the donations stopped, within a matter of four to six weeks, all this food would be gone—leaving thousands of people without food.

“Those organizations that rely on the food that we provide them to function would no longer be able to feed people,” Kimmel said. “The ripple effect would be enormous. That’s why we’re open five days a week, 9 in the morning until 5, because we are trying to reach the working parents, too.”

Rev. Andre Samuel heads Fishes and Loaves Pantry, one of the 975 organizations that benefit from the Maryland Food Bank.

“So you have a mother that is trying to take care of a family with two or three kids and she has to work and at the end of the month, she runs out of money,” he said.

Rev. Samuel says when he sees the support from the Baltimore community—like at the Orioles food drive—it touches his heart.

“I know I am going to be a recipient of that food coming from the Maryland Food Bank to give out to a lot of people,” he said.

One hundred percent of all money and food donated this weekend will go towards organizations helping feed those in need right here in our area.

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