Outnumber Hunger: How you can help Marylanders

FORT MEADE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Friday, April 18 at 8pm WUSA9 will be airing a benefit concert with some of country music's biggest stars. The goal of the concert, Outnumber Hunger, is to raise money for food banks across the country. Including those in our area.

One of those organizations that will benefit from your generosity is the Maryland Food Bank.

On the last Thursday of every month, the Maryland Food Bank pulls up to the USO Center at Fort Meade. A driver off loads hundreds of pounds of food--vegetables, bread goods and snack items. Before the packs are opened, military personnel, along with their families, are waiting for the free food.

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Destiny Miller is an Army wife. "People need to know things are really tough right now," says Destiny.

Destiny helps guide those in line and offers her support. "There's a lot out there to help your family," she says to a young mother.

"I usually just kind of go down the line and welcome everybody. Just make them comfortable being here. I want them to feel comfortable. I want them to know that it is okay. It's okay to need help."

Destiny knows what it's like to be afraid to ask for help. To wear your emotions on your sleeve.

"Laura, the manager here, she could definitely see in my face not only did I need food, I needed a hug. She knew I needed a hug that said we're here. It's okay. It's okay to hurt."

Destiny and her husband arrived in Maryland 10 months ago. They had just $20 to their name. A broken car, and no place to stay. His Sergeant took them in. The USO Metropolitan Washington gave the hug and the food. That food came from the Maryland Food Bank.

"Everybody needs to know that times are tough. Times are really tough," says Destiny.

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Destiny and her husband are back on their feet. And Destiny says the home front help made all the difference. "It's wonderful to know that there is people out there who take that time to donate what they can to help us out."

If you would like to help make sure food donations get to people in need, please tune into the Outnumber Hunger concert this Friday at 8pm right here on WUSA9.com and WUSA9 TV.

Then all you have to do is log onto Outnumber Hunger and enter the code on specially marked boxes of General Mills items.
Then enter the zip code of the area you want to support and that's where all the money will go.

Outnumber Hunger is a partnership between General Mills WUSA9's parent company Gannett.

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