Maryland Food Bank's Save A Seat Campaign Underway


This spring, Maryland Food Bank and members of the culinary community are partnering for the Spring 2016 Save a Seat campaign in order to raise funds to provide support to the 757,000 Marylanders facing food insecurity.

For the month of April, restaurants and culinary organizations throughout the state, from Baltimore to Ocean City, are offering innovative opportunities to inspire food-lovers of all types to support the efforts of the Maryland Food Bank.

“We are excited to see momentum in the Spring 2016 Save A Seat campaign and appreciate the growingsupport from our local culinary community,” said Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Beth Martino. “Food insecurity is a real, pressing issue here in Maryland, but we’re encouraged by this coalition of concerned community partners who have committed to helping raise awareness and finding solutions to tackle hunger in our state.”

Partnering organizations and restaurants are providing a variety of unique ways for diners to participate in, and donate to, the campaign.


Woodberry Kitchen

James Beard award-winning Chef Spike Gjerde has created a Save A Seat dish consisting of a slow-cooked Civic Works Little Gunpowder Farm egg, upland rice, herbs, and fish pepper. 100% of the proceeds of the $11 dish will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.


Kitchen Cray

Owner Chef JR Robinson (previously a Hell’s Kitchen contestant) will be offering a chance to win an exclusive cooking class for two to all donors to the Save A Seat campaign. All donors who contribute to Chef JR’s fundraising efforts by texting CRAY to 41444 or making an online donation at will be entered into the drawing.


Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey

The Nine Lives Cocktail, a signature drink created for the Save A Seat campaign, features bourbon, apple, ginger, and lemon. For the month of the April, the cocktail will be $6 - $3 of each sale (the equivalent of nine meals through the Maryland Food Bank) will be donated to the campaign.


Touch of Italy

This Italian spot in the heart of Ocean City MD has reserved a special table in support of the Save a Seat campaign. For the month of April, 10% of every bill generated by diners at that table will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.



For more information on the Save A Seat campaign, how to donate online or via text, or to access the most up to date list of participating restaurants and organizations, visit

Additionally, it’s not too late to become a participant. Others within the culinary community interested in participating in the Save A Seat campaign are encouraged to contact Beth Wedekind to sign up today.





About the Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland.

For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide.

Currently distributing more than 120,000 meals per day - nearly 44 million meals annually - the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit

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