Maryland Food Bank issues call for volunteers

The Maryland Food Bank is requesting volunteers on weekdays to sort a backlog of donated food, the charity said Friday.

More than half a million pounds of food — the equivalent of 17 tractor trailers worth of food — is sitting in the food bank warehouse at its headquarters in Baltimore County. The food is a mixed assortment from food drives and retail donations, and must be sorted and packed.

Officials said the demand is so great that the food volunteers do pack is ordered by soup kitchens, pantries and other groups within 2 hours. The backlog came from a decline in volunteerism over the holidays coupled with new retail donations.

The food bank is requesting groups of 15 to 25 people who can work Mondays to Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Currently, only 60 percent of the weekday shifts are filled.

The food bank also requests volunteers on Tuesday and Thursdays between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Volunteers much be at least 18 because sorting is done on a high-speed conveyor belt.

Call 410-737-8282 for more information.

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