Photo by Matt Eich.

Hunger persists long after the holiday spirit of giving winds down. That’s why AARP Maryland sponsors Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry, an annual drive to replenish local food pantries.

Nearly 1 in 5 low-income residents 60 and older struggle with hunger, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. Older people who don’t know where they will get their next meal are five times more likely than their food-secure peers to suffer from depression. They also are more susceptible to extended hospital stays.

Volunteers collected 8,500 pounds of food in 2017. To join in this year’s effort, email Emily Abramson at eabramson@aarp.org.

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