ANNAPOLIS – Maryland food banks tend to see an influx of families during the holiday season, but this year local pantries are seeing more people in need because of cuts to food stamps. Now, food pantries are counting on donations from the community to keep supplies stocked.
“We always see an increase [in need] around the holiday,” said Kate Sam, spokeswoman for the Maryland Food Bank, based in Baltimore. “This occurs all year-round year-round, and it’s grown a lot over the last five years since the recession. Our distribution has more than tripled since 2007.”
Sam said that this year has been especially tough for families, which was evident, she said, by the numbers.