UPDATE: It’s time for the Spring Food Drive! Please stop by your participating store location on Friday, April 27 or Saturday, April 28 with non-perishable items for our 2018 Spring Food Drive! Look for our signage and AARP volunteers who will let you know what types of food can be purchased for donation. Every little bit helps.
Wondering where the closest participating location is near you? See below for an up-to-date list of locations:
List of participating stores:
Harvest for the Hungry is a statewide food drive that happens every year in Maryland. This year, the drive falls on the 27th and the 28th of April (a Friday and Saturday). We have grocery store locations across the state and community partners in every Maryland county that receive the donated food directly. Thanks to all of the people who have signed up to volunteer for this event! Volunteer registration is now closed, but please consider going to one of our participating locations, looking for our volunteers and making a donation toward the food drive.
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, and we know this year will be even more successful!