ANNAPOLIS — Two Maryland Department of Agriculture initiatives will establish new market connections between farmers, watermen and Maryland food banks. Funding for both the federal Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program and Maryland Food and Agricultural Program will help provide Marylanders in need with fresh local food.

“Hunger is a West Baltimore issue and a West Annapolis issue — it’s an Eastern Shore issue and a Western Maryland issue — it’s a Washington suburbs issue and Baltimore suburbs issue,” said Gov. Wes Moore. “These two programs share the same goal: to build resiliency in our food system and connect farmers to food banks that help our fellow Marylanders in need. We don’t need to choose between supporting our agricultural sector and fighting hunger: we can, and must, do both at the same time.”

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