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The Maryland Food Bank Launches a New Distribution Method to Feed More Hungry Marylanders

The Maryland Food Bank Launches a New Distribution Method to Feed More Hungry Marylanders

(Hagerstown, MD)- Yesterday, the Maryland Food Bank and Priority Partners launched Pantry on the Go, a Mobile Pantry that drops 6,000 pounds of food per drop directly into rural areas in Washington, Frederick, Charles and Prince George's Counties. In addition to directly dropping food into these communities, the Maryland Food Bank is collaborating with Priority Partners to provide information regarding no cost health insurance to the recipients at these drops.
"The Maryland Food Bank is thrilled to launch Pantry on the Go," comments Maryland Food Bank CEO, Deborah Flateman. "The goal of a mobile pantry program like this is to assist agencies in our distribution network, already overburdened by increased need, in providing more food to their communities without taxing their operations. It is our hope that Pantry on the Go will narrow the hunger gap in places like Charles and Frederick Counties."
With Pantry on the Go, Priority Partners and the Maryland Food Bank aim to reach the 115,000 Marylanders living at or below the federal poverty level in the four counties targeted by the program. Besides delivering 6,000 pounds of canned meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and other non-perishable items to 10 sites twice a month, the program will increase public awareness of no cost health care options provided by Priority Partners and the state of Maryland.
"All of us at Priority Partners are very excited about partnering with the Food Bank to serve communities in outlying areas throughout the state. Good nutrition is an integral to keeping people healthy and goes hand-in-hand with our core mission of providing quality health care to Maryland's families," said Priority Partners CEO Robert R. Neall.
The Maryland Food Bank and Priority Partners hopes to expand Pantry on the Go to the Eastern Shore, Cecil and Anne Arundel Counties. Pantry on the Go is funded with assistance from Priority Partners, one of the seven Managed Care Organizations authorized by the State of Maryland to provide health care services for Medicaid, MCHIP, and PAC recipients statewide.
Priority Partners, one of seven Managed Care Organizations authorized by the State of Maryland to provide health care services for Medicaid and Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program recipients, is owned by Johns Hopkins and Maryland Community Health Systems, a group of federally qualified health centers throughout the State. The Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) was established in 1998 to provide no cost health care coverage to children up to age 19. The program also offers eligible pregnant women of any age full pre-natal, delivery, and post-partum health care. To provide that care, Priority Partners and Johns Hopkins HealthCare have an established network of doctors, health centers, and hospitals statewide, offering doctors visits, vision care, prescription coverage, immunizations, hospital coverage, dental care, and no-cost over-the-counter medications, as well as mental health and substance abuse services. To manage complicated healthcare issues, Priority Partners has established several Care Management initiatives with one-on-one nurse case managers to assist individuals in understanding their illness, adapting to their treatment plan, and coordinating medical appointments. Through Medicaid and MCHP, Priority Partners currently provides its services to more than 113,000 Marylanders. For more information about Priority Partners call 1-800-654-9728.

The Maryland Food Bank supplies food to hungry Marylanders by gathering excess and donated grocery products, and then distributing them to charitable food providers. The Maryland Food Bank has facilities in Baltimore and Salisbury comprising nearly 107,000 square feet of warehouse, refrigerator and freezer space. The Maryland Food Bank, now in its 28th year of operation, distributes over 14 million pounds of food annually through its statewide network of affiliated distribution centers to 1,000 food providers. The Maryland Food Bank is a Certified Affiliate of America's Second Harvest-the Nation's Food Bank Network, and an honored recipient of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization's Award for Standards for Excellence in ethics and accountability in business.

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