AIGA Baltimore volunteered at the Maryland Food Bank on Saturday, September 21, and spent a few hours lending a hand to help end hunger. Who knew sorting cans of kidney beans from jars of peanut butter could be a fun time? We even got to go behind-the-scenes to see the mega freezer, which has a daytime temperature of -10 degrees! In just a few hours volunteers assisted in packing 10,785 pounds of food which equates to 8,296 meals!
Salvaged, donated food comes by the trailer-full into the warehouse, and all of it needs properly sorted and boxed before it can go back out to those in need. The cartons and cans are loaded onto the conveyor belt where daily volunteers help categorize it and pack it up.
Volunteers are critical to the Maryland Food Bank and its mission. Last year, volunteers contributed over 30,000 hours of service, saving the Maryland Food Bank $600,000.
Don’t wait for another AIGA volunteer day to give back—you can schedule a visit on your own. Better yet, bring your coworkers or friends. Check out www.mdfoodbank.org/volunteer or contact the volunteer program manager at 410.737.8282 x232 for more information on volunteer opportunities.