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GEBA donates $20K to COVID-19 relief efforts

the MFB distributed more than 859,000 pounds of food during the week of April 20 alone, representing a year-over-year increase of 29%.

The Maryland Food Bank, one of the recipients of a $20,000 donation from the Government Employment Benefit Association, distributed more than 859,000 pounds of food during the week of April 20 alone, representing a year-over-year increase of 29%.  (File photo/The Daily Record)

The Government Employees’ Benefit Association (GEBA) announced a $10,000 donation to each of two local charitable organizations working to meet the overwhelming needs of those facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donated on behalf of GEBA’s employees, board of directors and 17,000 members, the funds have been allocated to the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) in Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Washington.

Both donation recipients are indeed facing an unprecedented demand for relief. The CAFB has experienced a 20% increase in demand, representing six million additional meals, while the MFB distributed more than 859,000 pounds of food during the week of April 20 alone, representing a year-over-year increase of 29%.

CAFB, MFB, and GEBA are each organizations with a long history of service to their communities.

CAFB was founded 40 years ago, starting with one truck distributing a million pounds of food. Now the largest organization in the metro area, it consists of more than 115,000 square feet of warehouse space, over 20 trucks, and a network of more than 450 food distribution partners. Founded in 1979, MFB is the East Coast’s first food bank and distributes 400,000 pounds of food to 38 assistance sites in Baltimore City.

Founded in 1957, GEBA is proud to serve its federal employee members as well as the communities that surround it. Programs such as the GEBA Scholarship Foundation Program help members and their families continue their education by providing financial support, while donations such as those to food banks help address critical community needs. GEBA engages in philanthropic efforts such as these not only because its staff and members believe that we are all in this together, but also because it knows they will help build a stronger community.

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