The Maryland Food Bank has launched a campaign that stretches across the state to help residents in need.

The four-day campaign, “Dine Out 2 Help Out,” encourages restaurants to help reduce hunger in Maryland by donating five percent of their gross sales to the food bank. Officials say in Western Maryland alone, there are over 47,000 people who are food insecure. Of those, 20,000 are children.
“We’re able to stretch a dollar very far. On average, for each dollar that’s donated, we can provide three meals for needy Marylanders,” said Frank Ducey, Programs Manager for the Western branch of Maryland Food Bank. 
Officials at the food bank say tuna fish, mac and cheese and peanut butter are some of the most high in demand foods. Restaurants that would like to help can still sign up at