BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands of Marylanders have trouble affording to put food on their table. Now, thanks to your generosity, they have some help.
Jessica Kartalija has the totals from this year’s food drive at Camden Yards.READ MORE: 7 Shot, Including 5 Teenagers, In West Baltimore Friday Night
As part of WJZ’s Continuing Community Commitment, we teamed up with MASN and the Orioles to collect donations for the Maryland Food Bank.
A little rain wasn’t enough to stop the WJZ news team from collecting donations for the Maryland Food Bank.
“We’re feeling the Orioles magic for sure,” said Deborah Flateman, President & CEO, Maryland Food Bank.
Flateman says this year was our best yet–with more than $33,000 in donations. That’s compared to $20,000 last year. And almost 10,000 pounds of food was donated–more than twice the amount in 2012.READ MORE: ‘We Want To Prevent This From Happening Again’ Witnesses Describe Deadly Collision Between Fire Truck And Dirt Bike Rider In Baltimore As Advocates Call For Solutions
The donations go to help feed half a million Marylanders.
“The whole issue of hunger is just gaining steam. I think the public is really starting to get that there are things we can do to help the hungry in Maryland,” said Flateman.
It’s the 27th Annual Food Drive. As part of our Continuing Community Commitment, WJZ’s team collects donations along with MASN and the Orioles’ wives.
The food will be sent to 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters.
Cash goes toward buying tens of thousands of turkeys for the holidays.
“Thank you, to WJZ, the volunteers, the Orioles’ wives, the Orioles themselves,” Flateman said.MORE NEWS: 'It's Ridiculous': Drivers React To Increase In Gas Prices
Thank you again for all your donations!