By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
6:00 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
The Maryland Food Bank said it handed out food Wednesday to hundreds of families affected by the mass layoffs at Sparrows Point.
About 2,000 workers lost their jobs after RG Steel filed for bankruptcy in late May and idled the Baltimore County steel mill. The property since has been sold to owners who are trying to find a steelmaker to restart operations but will liquidate the mill and redevelop it if they can't.
The food bank, which also handed out food on Tuesday to laid-off steelworkers and others buffeted by the shutdown, said it expected to distribute more than 60,000 pounds to more than 1,700 people between the two days.
The nonprofit said these recipients are an example of the "new faces of hunger" — middle-class families pummeled by job loss. Steelworkers held regular food and fundraising drives for the Maryland Food Bank before the mass layoffs put them in need of its help.
The nonprofit Thankful Paws also handed out free pet food at the event, held at the United Steelworkers union hall in Baltimore. Essex United Methodist Church sponsored it along with the food bank.
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