Westminster Rescue Mission is dedicated to overcoming the growing problem of food insecurity and hunger in the northern and western region of Maryland.
The Mission Food Program (MFP) -- the largest re-distributor of food in Carroll County -- provides hunger relief through our distribution network and community outreach services in partnership with dozens of area agencies and charities.
Participation in the Mission Food Program & Who it Impacts
In 2020 the Mission Food Program sourced 745,368 lbs of food from nearly 45 area stores and restaurants, redirecting the surplus food directly to the tables of individuals and families in need.
It takes a village! The Mission works directly with several national partners, including Feeding America, Maryland Food Bank and United Way to combine resources and make the most of opportunities to access food for those in need in our community. Through a network of local churches, grocery stores, schools, charities, and agencies, the MFP uses its local resources to reach more families in Carroll County.
Did you Know...
- More than 6500 families received food assistance from the Mission Food Program at the end of 2020.
- More than 300,000 central Marylanders are food insecure, and the number is growing.* (United Way of Central Maryland.)
- More than 1 in 10 children in Carroll County are food insecure and 56% of those kids are ineligible for federal nutrition programs.* (Feeding America)
- The United Way of Central Maryland’s 2018 ALICE Report (Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) indicates that in communities including Westminster, Taneytown, and New Windsor, more than 34% of households cannot afford basic necessities including food
- In 2020, the WRM provided 738,061 lbs. of supplemental food assistance to Carroll County through its distribution network and community outreach services, a 6.7% distribution increase from the previous year.
Now that you know... join in the fight against food insecurity right here at home
How the Mission Food Program works in conjunction with Workforce Development
A vital component of our Addiction Healing Center’s treatment program is Workforce Development, in which our residential clients have the opportunity to learn both hard and soft vocational skills while working in our food program. This provides our clients with a clear pathway to certification and increased employment opportunities post graduation, that provide greater benefits and salary options as they continue their recovery journey. Learn more about Workforce Development and how this component of our treatment program interacts with the other service areas of the Mission.
Keeping You Safe - COVID PRECAUTIONS
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the Mission distributes food to those in need. By pivoting to a contactless, drive-through experience, clients and staff alike are protected. The resulting efficiencies mean that more people can get the assistance they need.