Support Hunger Action Month in Maryland

September is Hunger Action Month, and I'm committed to helping raise awareness about food insecurity in our state.

I want to share some startling statistics: Hungry Marylanders miss nearly 127 million meals each year. More than 740,000 of our neighbors are food insecure. And 236,000 children in Maryland do not know where their next meal will come from.

We can make a difference by supporting the Maryland Food Bank, our state's largest and oldest food bank. The Maryland Food Bank works with more than 600 network partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters, to get food into the hands of those who need it most.

In 2011, the Maryland Food Bank distributed more than 26.1 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 20 million meals. But some neighbors were still left hungry.

Giant has served Maryland for seven decades, and food is at the heart of who we are. We are proud to work alongside the food bank to combat food insecurity.

During Hunger Action Month, we have pledged our support and have planned several events to raise awareness, monetary contributions, and non-perishable food donations to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

On Sept.15, we'll host the Kick Hunger Challenge at our Perry Hall store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sept. 28, 29 and 30 all neighborhood Giant locations will hold food drives to benefit our Feeding America food bank partners.

We hope you'll join us to support the Maryland Food Bank — until hunger ends.

Anthony Hucker

The writer is president of Giant Food.

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