Maryland Hunger Solutions

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Governor Hogan Signs New Law to Reduce Child Hunger
We are thrilled to announce that Governor Hogan signed The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 into law today. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 increases access to the Community Eligibility Provision – federal funding that allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch free to all students. Community eligibility increases access to healthy school meals, improves learning, and reduces food insecurity. More...

Survey Finds 14 Percent of Households in Maryland Struggle to Afford Food
One in seven people – 14 percent of respondents – in Maryland reported in 2014 they struggled to afford enough food for their households, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). More...

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Hear the Maryland Crunch!

Video: U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Hear the Maryland Crunch!

Tell Congress to Keep SNAP Strong
Add your name to FRAC's petition and let Congress know that you support SNAP. SNAP has extraordinary strengths. It reduces hunger and food insecurity, lifts people out of poverty, improves nutrition and health, boosts employment, responds quickly in times of disaster or recession, supports local economies, and improves well-being.

Celebrate Maryland Day, March 25, with Maryland Hunger Solutions and thousands of other Marylanders by crunching into a juicy apple!
Hear the Maryland Crunch is a fun state-wide, synchronized apple crunch event that aims to reduce child hunger by increasing access to School Breakfast Programs. Children who participate in School Breakfast programs are healthier and less likely to be late to or absent from school. Schools can increase access to breakfast by adopting successful models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and the Community Eligibility Provision. A new tool that allows high-poverty schools to serve all students breakfast and lunch at no charge, the Community Eligibility Provision creates Hunger-Free Schools and improves learning. See Maryland's eligible schools.

To participate in Hear the Maryland Crunch, crunch into an apple and share a photo of your best crunch face on Facebook. Vote for your favorite photos to win one of many exciting prizes!

NBA Team Honors Michael J. Wilson and MDHS
The Washington Wizards honored Michael J. Wilson and MDHS at their February 9 home game against the Orlando Magic. See Michael J. Wilson's interview on #WizMagic American Express Homecourt Advantage (interview starts at 3:39).

Reducing Childhood Hunger with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland’s Report Card
More than half of all low-income Maryland students who participate in school lunch also participate in school breakfast, according to a new report released today by Maryland Hunger Solutions. The report gave an A+ to Kent, Somerset, Dorchester, and Garrett counties, while the state received a C+ in overall breakfast participation during the 2012-2013 school year. More...

Feeding More Marylanders with Stronger SNAP Policies - Policy Brief with Maryland Center on Economic Policy
Beyond the benefit to Maryland’s families, children, and seniors, FSP is also a great resource for local businesses. For every $5 in new SNAP/FSP benefits, it generates $9 in economic activity for participating grocery stores. More...

Thirteen Percent of Maryland Households Struggling with Hunger
One in eight households in Maryland struggled with hunger, on average, over the years 2011-2013, according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity. More...

Maryland Hunger Solutions and Dozens of Partner Organizations Urge the Maryland Congressional Delegation to Cosponsor Summer Meals Act of 2014
Advocates and anti-hunger organizations from across the state of Maryland joined together this week to urge Maryland’s Congressional delegation to cosponsor the Summer Meals Act of 2014, a bipartisan bill that would strengthen, protect, and expand access to the Summer Nutrition Programs. More...

Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger and Maryland Hunger Solutions Call on Congress to Allow Three Meals Per Day in Summer Nutrition Programs
The Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Sharon Baptist Church will join parents, care takers, faith leaders, teachers, program administrators, students, and residents of Baltimore on Saturday to urge elected officials and leaders in Maryland to allow summer meals sites to serve three meals a day. Currently, a child can receive three federally funded meals each day during the school year through the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. During the summer, sites may only serve two meals through the Summer Food Service Program. More...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Washington County Public Schools to be Presented with Hunger-Free School Awards
Twelve Washington County Public Schools will be recognized on Tuesday June 10, 10:30 a.m. at Salem Elementary School for becoming “Hunger-Free” by electing the Community Eligibility Provision, a new tool created in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2010. More (pdf).

Oppose Changes to Healthy School Meal Standards and the WIC Food Package
Congress is currently considering a roll-back of the healthy school meal standards that have added more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to school meals, while also limiting sodium and fats. In addition to the proposed changes to school meal standards, the inclusion of fresh, white potatoes in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food package threatens the nutritional and scientific integrity of the WIC program by allowing Congress, not nutritionists, to decide what’s best for the health of mothers and young children. Let Congress know that you support the health of our nation’s children and the school meal standards in the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. More...

New Report Finds that Participation in Summer Meals in Maryland Increased in 2013
Maryland made significant strides in its efforts to reach more low-income children with summer meals in 2013, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation (pdf), a report released annually by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). 50,902 low-income children were served summer meals on an average day in July 2013, an increase of 7.4 percent from last year. Summer meals reached 19 students for every 100 low-income children who got regular school year school meals in the 2012-2013 school year, outpacing that national rate of 15.1:100. More...

Maryland Alliance for the Poor Releases Its Biennial Maryland Poverty Profiles
The Maryland Alliance for the Poor (MAP) publicly released its 2014 Maryland Poverty Profiles (pdf), which highlight key indicators reflecting the realities of poverty in Maryland and each of its 24 local jurisdictions.

Oppose Overriding the WIC Food Package
Due to pressure from particular food industry interests, Congress is currently considering a bill that will legislatively change the WIC food package to include fresh white potatoes, an item that has not been recommended by the team of nutritionists and scientists at the IOM who carefully studied what is needed to supplement the diets of mothers and young children. Changing the WIC food package by legislative fiat – simply because they have the political muscle to do so, irrespective of the nutritional needs of mothers and children — should not be encouraged. Please consider signing on to the letter below to let your voice be heard in Washington. Follow this link for more information...

Thousands Join Maryland Hunger Solutions to Hear the Maryland Crunch!
Thousands of students, teachers and leaders across the state of Maryland joined Maryland Hunger Solutions in Hear the Maryland Crunch, a state-wide, synchronized bite into an apple to raise awareness about the importance of school breakfast in the fight against childhood hunger.More...

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