Mayor Brandon Scott on Friday outlined Baltimore City’s four-point COVID-19 Emergency Food Strategy, which includes a commitment of over $5.3 million dollars to provide 20,000 food boxes per week to residents disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has deepened the inequity of food insecurity, especially in our Latinx and Black and Brown communities,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “As we approach the new year, many Baltimoreans are concerned about losing valuable federal resources that will expire in the new term. With this initiative, the City will be able to ensure there is no gap in support to feed our families over the next few months.”
According to a press release:
The COVID-19 Emergency Food Strategy will distribute 20,000 produce and mixed food boxes to Baltimore families across 100 sites throughout the city, and will be expanding the grocery home delivery program that includes shelf-stable food boxes. The initiative will run through March 31, 2021 and will result in almost 6 million pounds of food distributed to Baltimore residents.
“I want to thank the tireless staff and volunteers at our community organizations, schools, and rec centers for their tremendous effort to feed our city,” Mayor Scott said. “I would also like to thank all of our food service partners including Maryland Food Bank, Coastal Sunbelt, the Common Market, Saval Food Service, and Amazon Flex for working with us to support our families during this crucial time.”
The COVID-19 Emergency Food Strategy is announced alongside Scott’s Prevention, Control, and Support (Prevención, Control y Respaldo) strategy to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in the Latino community.