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Md. Food Bank Sees Uptick in Food Demand After Sandy

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CRISFIELD, Md.- For school kids, winter break is no fun when they are hungry. That is why the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore is making sure students have a stable source of food during the holidays. This year is especially crucial due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left some parts of Somerset County devastated.

Jennifer Small, the food bank's branch manager, said because of that very reason, some schools are asking for more food than ever to fill their pantries this winter. 

That is also a reason why school counselor Mary Sue Atkinson, a guidance counselor at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Crisfield, is making sure her school pantry is full.

Atkinson said that this year has been hard for those families still struggling from Sandy. She said that during the storm several students got separated from their families, which made it hard for them to get a proper meal to eat. That is until the school reached out to Small at the food bank.

"So what we did is worked with other emergency pantries to align them with the schools and also try to filter around with the donations we were getting to put more food out," Small explained. "And within a two-day period, Somerset County received 40,000 pounds of food from the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore." 

Atkinson said that after Sandy, many of her students who already rely on school provided meals asked for more food.

It's food that she said sits ready in a cupboard, all thanks to the many efforts that members of the community have made. 

Small said that right now the food bank's needs are met but once the holidays are over donations begin to go down. That is why she and Atkinson are asking people to continue donating food on Delmarva.


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