The Maryland Food Center Authority

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MFCA headquarters is located in the Maryland Food Center, in Howard County, mid-way between Baltimore and Washington, DC, at the intersection of Maryland Routes 1 and 175. This location, just off I-95, is in close proximity to BWI Airport and the Port of Baltimore, and is currently the heart of our organization.

The Maryland Food Center Authority

The MFCA is dedicated to combining the very best in public and private efforts in planning and developing regional food industry facilities throughout Maryland. New and revitalized ventures under the MFCA's jurisdiction continue to generate employment and economic benefits throughout the State of Maryland.

As a geographical centralized distribution hub dedicated to food distribution, the Maryland Food Center maximizes the efficiency of the food industry and ensures Maryland's future food supply.

Our Mission:
To develop, own, operate, improve, and maintain real estate project that provides economical, sanitary and modern facilities for food distribution in the State of Maryland.

Our Vision:
A state with the most modern, safe, sanitary, and efficient food distribution network in the world.

Our Goal:
To examined the development and distribution needs of Maryland's food industry, and the most effective use of the Authority's development and management resources to meet those needs.

Since its creation by an Act of Maryland Legislature in 1967, the MFCA has become a national and international model for the development and creation of consolidated, wholesale food distribution facilities.

In 1989, the Maryland legislature, building on an already successful record of public/private partnership, extended the jurisdiction of the MFCA statewide.


The most visible symbol of the public/private partnership efforts is the 400(+/-) acre Maryland Food Center located in Jessup, Maryland. The Maryland Food Center is home to such companies as Giant Food, SYSCO Food Services of Baltimore, T.A. Baltimore South, Merchants Terminal, BTS Distribution Centers, Terminal Corporation and the Maryland Wholesale Produce and Seafood Markets. There are approximately 3,500 Marylanders employed at the Food Center. Virtually every category of fruit, vegetables and seafood are processed, packaged and distributed through the Maryland Food Center into the Mid-Atlantic region.


In addition, many ancillary service companies that have located at the Maryland Food Center, in the areas of trucking and transportation, hotel, banking, restaurant and retail operations, have found the Maryland Food Center to be an ideal location.


General Hours:  Sunday - Friday 10:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday - 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Buyer entrance fees: 4:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - $2.00; After 10:00 a.m. FREE; Senior Citizens 55 or older FREE ANYTIME

WHOLESALERSGeneral Hours: Monday - Saturday, 4:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Closed SundaysPlease contact individual companies for additional hours.


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