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Volunteers needed to join fight against hunger

Baltimore Times Staff | 2/4/2014, 6:19 a.m.

— Proper nutrition is one of the major necessities for the human body. In order to effectively function and accomplish our daily tasks, we must be adequately nourished. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that there are an estimated 842 million malnourished or undernourished individuals worldwide and over 50 million U.S citizens unable to consume the right diet needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Statistics show that hunger kills more people every year than AIDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. We must work together to end hunger; starting with a focus at the micro level, within our communities.

Through a recent partnership with the Maryland Food Bank and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Aging, new volunteer opportunities have sprouted for interested Baltimore County citizens to donate their time to sustaining food distribution operations at the Maryland Food Bank. Because the Maryland Food Bank relies solely on its' volunteers to sort and package the goods at their warehouse, volunteer assistance is continuously needed. Without the selflessness of their volunteers, the Maryland Food Bank would not be able to effectively distribute food to the approximate 600,000 Marylanders that it serves on a weekly basis.

Currently, there is an urgent need for volunteers to provide assistance at their facility located at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd., Baltimore, MD 21227. Up to 2,400 fresh meals are prepared each day at this location; help is needed to sort food products and package the prepared meals prior to freezing and distribution. Daytime shifts are available Monday-Saturday, and evening shifts Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Become a part of a great team today and help the Maryland Food Bank as they continue their mission to "lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders by ending hunger."

If you are interested in pursuing a promising volunteer position to end local hunger and join the Maryland Food Bank/RSVP team, contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 410-887-3101 or email volunteers@baltimorecountymd.gov.