Hundreds of volunteers flocked to the Maryland Food Bank's Halethorpe, Salisbury and Hagerstown locations Thursday to pack a total of 18,000 boxes of holiday food for those in need.
"It's going to help 18,000 people feel normal for a day," said Deborah Flateman, president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. "That is particularly compelling to us."
She said 12,000 of those boxes were packed at the Halethorpe facility, where the event has grown from about 4,500 boxes at its start five years ago to this year's massive effort.
"I think that hunger is on everybody's radar at this time of year," Flateman said.
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