BALTIMORE — On Thursday, May 10, a group of heroes is being honored during the 2018 Maryland Food Bank Heroes Against Hunger. These awards honor individuals and businesses who demonstrate exemplary dedication to supporting the food bank’s mission to end hunger in Maryland.
PUBLIC CHAMPIONS OF THE YEAR:
Maryland State Senator Adelaide “Addie” Eckardt: As a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the current senator representing District 37 on the Eastern Shore, Senator Eckardt’s efforts to support the Maryland Food Bank over the last decade have been nothing less than heroic. Eckardt is a Wonder Woman in her own right, having worked with numerous distribution partners on the Mid-Shore to provide support and promote awareness around the food bank’s impact on community and statewide partners, while also using her superpowers to champion funding requests to expand and improve MFB feeding programs.
Maryland State Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer: For more than two decades, Senator Kasemeyer has been a Superman for the Maryland Food Bank, helping legislators in Annapolis develop a greater understanding of why hunger is kryptonite to the success of residents statewide. A representative for District 12, Kasemeyer has also supported a number of funding requests through the General Assembly on behalf of the food bank and its partners.
BIG HEARTED BELIEVER: PERDUE FARMS INC.
Perdue Farms Inc. can only be described as the “Justice League” for the Maryland Food Bank – fighting the injustice of food insecurity statewide by providing food, funds, volunteers, and leadership since the 1980s. In addition to donating more than 9.5 million pounds of food since 2014 and contributing over $500,000 from The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation since 2004, hundreds of associates from Perdue Farms, and its divisions Perdue AgriBusiness and Perdue Foods, have dedicated thousands of hours of time to volunteering at MFB’s Eastern Shore branch.
POWERHOUSE PARTNER OF THE YEAR: VENABLE LLP
Venable first assembled as avengers against hunger in 1987, when a team of lawyers took part in a collaborative effort to establish the Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger (LCAH). The firm has continued their valiant work on behalf of the Maryland Food Bank ever since, with representatives chairing the LCAH Executive Committee and taking part in the annual giving campaign’s efforts to raise more than $5 million over the last 30 years.