Maryland may be one of the wealthiest states, but hunger runs deep. It affects old and young alike, but it can be solved by connecting all who are eligible to the federal nutrition programs. We compile and analyze the latest data to show the need and the solution. Our rich library of resources will help your education, advocacy, and outreach efforts as we work together to end hunger and promote well-being.
Face Forward - September 27, 2016 - is an important forum that will bring together leaders from state and local agencies, nonprofits, schools, and advocates to inform, engage, and inspire action to promote equity in food access and nutrition in Maryland.
We are actively engaged in connecting eligible Marylanders with federal nutrition program benefits and available state and local resources. Whether it’s a county fair, senior expo, back-to-school night, or conference, our staff will come to you with information on applying for benefits from programs like food stamps and school meals and accessing healthy, affordable food.
By engaging partners across the state, we are removing barriers to nutrition programs, increasing outreach, and expanding access to affordable and healthy food – all steps that will get us closer to our mutual goal of ending hunger. Maryland Hunger Solutions collaborates with public and private partners through various coalitions, partnerships, and state and local food policy workgroups.
Oppose HB 533, Food Stamp Program - Time Limit Waiver - Prohibition
Legislation has been introduced in the state legislature which would prohibit the state from applying for or implementing waivers from SNAP the time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs), placing Maryland’s poorest residents at risk of losing this critical food assistance while they work or look for work. We urge you to add your organization’s name to a sign-on letter opposing the bill. More...
Take Action: Support Three Important Anti-Hunger Bills in the State Legislature
Maryland Hunger Solutions and our partners across the state are working to reduce poverty and food insecurity by advocating for the passage of the following bills in the state General Assembly, and we need your help! Please to sign letters to our State Senators and Delegates to let them know that these bills have support from their constituents.
Thank You For Helping Us Advocate For A State Budget That Promotes A Hunger-Free Maryland
Follow this link to read our letter to Governor Hogan (pdf), which requests that he prioritize funding for programs that reduce food insecurity for Maryland’s youngest residents. Maryland Hunger Solutions and members of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger met with Lt. Governor Rutherford on November 29, 2016 to discuss the anti-hunger budget priorities outlined in this letter.
A special thank you to the following groups for signing on to the letter: Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, Advocates for Children and Youth, Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Capital Area Food Bank, CASA, Community Crisis Center, Inc., Critical Issues Forum: Advocacy for Social Justice of Montgomery County, Crossroads Community Food Network, D.C. Hunger Solutions, Gaithersburg HELP, Govanstowne Farmers' Market, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc., House of David, Advocates for Fathers, Inc., Inspiration Factory, LLC, Interfaith Works Carroll House Shelter, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Loyola University Maryland, Center for Community Service and Justice, Marian House, Maryland Alliance for the Poor, Maryland CASH Campaign, Maryland Center on Economic Policy, Maryland Farmers Market Association, Maryland Food Bank, Inc., Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Out of School Time Network, Maryland Public Health Association, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc., Montgomery County Community Action Board, Montgomery County Food Council, Moveable Feast, Inc., National Health Care for the Homeless Council, No Kid Hungry Maryland, Paul's Place, Inc., Pinewood Village Resident Council, Prince George's County Food Equity Council, Public Justice Center, Seedco, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, and the Washington County Hunger Group.
Statewide Call on Anti-Hunger Improvements for Seniors – Sept. 7th (1-2pm)
Maryland Hunger Solutions invites you to join a statewide conference call regarding anti-hunger program improvements for seniors in Maryland. The call will take place on September 7, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., and will include updates about the Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP) and the increase in the minimum FSP benefit level for seniors 62 and older. More...
Survey Finds Nearly 1 in 8 Maryland Households Struggle to Afford Food
The food hardship rate in Maryland dropped from 14 percent in 2014 to 12.8 percent in 2015, but still too many people across the state reported in 2015 that they struggled to afford enough food for their households, according to a new report, How Hungry is America?, released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). More...
MFANN Conference Now Accepting Proposals
The Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network (MFANN) is now accepting proposals for the 6th annual MFANN Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference which will be held on Tuesday September 27th at the House Office Building (6 Bladen Street) in Annapolis, Maryland. Workshop submissions are due by Monday July 25th. Download the Request for Presenters (pdf) to view this year's topic areas and see how you can lend your expertise to this year's conference.
Maryland Ranks in the Top 10 in the Country for Reaching Children with Summer Meals
63,080 low-income children in Maryland received summer meals on an average day in July 2015 — an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous summer. Summer meals reached 22.2 low-income students for every 100 low-income children who received school lunch in the 2014–2015 school year, outpacing that national rate of 15.8:100. More...
Maryland Enacts Legislation to Provide Seniors with Additional FSP Benefits
18,000 seniors across the state will see their Food Supplement Program (FSP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits increase from $16 to $30 monthly after Maryland enacted Senate Bill 758 into law sponsored by Senator Richard S. Madaleno (D-18, Montgomery County). More...
Urge Governor Hogan to Raise the Minimum SNAP Benefit
More than 18,000 seniors in our state receive the minimum SNAP benefit of just $16 a month – an amount that’s simply not enough to afford healthy food. Add your name to the petition to Governor Hogan urging him to sign HB 445/SB 758. These bills will increase the minimum benefit to $30 a month. Tell Governor Hogan that Maryland seniors deserve a raise!
Webinar on Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)
On Tuesday April 12th at 2pm, Maryland Hunger Solutions is hosting a webinar with the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) to discuss the reimplementation of the ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents) time limit for certain SNAP recipients in Maryland. More...
Maryland Rises to Fourth in the Nation for School Breakfast Participation
More low-income children in Maryland are starting the day with a healthy morning meal at school, according to a new national report released today, further demonstrating the positive impact of the community eligibility provision (CEP). More...
Participate in Hear the Maryland Crunch!
Join us on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:15 and be one of thousands of Marylanders biting into apples simultaneously, to help raise awareness of the important role school breakfast plays in ensuring children have access healthy food. More...
Raise the Minimum FSP Benefit
Join Maryland Hunger Solutions and tell your legislators that you support raising the minimum FSP (Food Supplement Program) benefit to $30 per month. Sign onto this letter to urge your legislators to invest in FSP in the FY 2017 state budget.
Maryland Hunger Solutions Calls on Governor Hogan to Invest In Anti-Hunger Programs in FY 2017 Budget
On the eve of Thanksgiving, MDHS joined with more than twenty-five organizations to urge Governor Hogan to invest in programs that fight hunger in Maryland. More...
New Report: Maryland Earns a B in School Breakfast Participation among Low-Income Students
Nearly two-thirds of all low-income Maryland students who participate in school lunch also participate in school breakfast, according to a new report released on October 1st by Maryland Hunger Solutions. The report, Reducing Childhood Hunger with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland’s Report Card, gave the state a B in overall breakfast participation during the 2014-2015 school year, and highlights two proven approaches to increasing participation: serving breakfast in the classroom and implementing the Community Eligibility Provision. Grades for both the state and every county are available. Read the report...
Maryland Hunger Solutions Alerts Beneficiaries, Retailers to Changes in Food Supplement Program
Beginning September 1st, 2015, two major changes to the state’s Food Supplement Program (FSP, or food stamps) will impact 800,000 low-income people, nearly 4,000 retailers and more than a dozen outreach organizations that connect eligible people to the program, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. One of the changes to the program, which is administered by Maryland’s Department of Human Resources (DHR), will affect the timeframe in which benefits will be issued while the other changes will address program enrollment and limiting benefits for adults without children. More...
USDA Summer Meals Program Feeds Low-Income Children Farmers Markets
For the first time, Summer Meals are available at two participating Baltimore City farmers markets: Govanstowne and Pigtown. As part of National Farmers Market Week, local and state leaders joined with the community to celebrate. More...
Photos: top/Rep. John Sarbanes joins MDHS staffer Brooke McCauley and MDHS director Michael J. Wilson at farmers' market event; bottom/Officials help serve food to children at event.