BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Enjoying sports with a purpose. Thousands of baseball fans pack Camden Yards for more than just the game.

WJZ, MASN and the birds are teaming up to help the Maryland Food Bank. It’s all part of WJZ‘s continuing community commitment.

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Marcus Washington explains if you haven’t been able to make your donation, you still have time.

Before the first pitch of the night, both Orioles and Yankees fans were making plays of their own.

“We’re here to have a great time. There are a lot of people who can’t afford the same luxuries as we do, so it’s best for us to give what we can,” said Awanya Anglin.

For the 28th year, baseball fans are able to do their part to help the nearly 500,000 Marylanders who go without food. Close to 200,000 of those are children.

Within the past two years, more than $50,000 in cash has been raised and nearly 14,000 pounds of food has been collected.

“It lets everybody know without a question that Baltimore has heart,” said Anglin.

WJZ is again partnering with the Orioles and MASN for the three-day food drive that started Friday.

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“We’re collecting $35,000 this year because that’s the goal. And by golly, we’re going to beat that goal,” said Gigi Barnett.

While 100 percent of the donations stay in Maryland, it didn’t stop Yankees fans from doing their part.

“It’s a friendly place to be, and it’s my way of helping out,” one woman in pinstripes said.

Sunday night’s game is the final day for the food drive, so don’t strike out, do what you can to help.

“Every dollar that someone gives or every can that is donated really goes a long way,” Meteorologist Tim Williams said.

Anyone donating will get a good return on their money. For each dollar donated, two meals are purchased.

WJZ will be live at Camden Yards all weekend. Here’s the lineup:

Sunday, July 13, 8:05 p.m. game

Marty Bass
Mary Bubala
Mike Hellgren
Meghan McCorkell
Rick Ritter
Bob Turk
Derek Valcourt
Mark Viviano

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