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.
Maryland Hunger Solutions advocates for policies, programs and resources that fight hunger and improve the well-being of Marylanders. Through our Paper Apple Campaign, we are gathering messages from Marylanders on how to create a healthy and hunger-free state. By participating in the Campaign, you can tell our elected officials that protecting and investing in nutrition programs is essential to creating a healthy, hunger-free 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.
Help us promote summer meal sites in Maryland
We will be canvassing neighborhoods surrounding summer meal sites, and we will provide volunteers with a brief orientation on the Summer Food Service Program before canvassing begins. Download this flyer (pdf) to find out more on time commitments, canvassing areas, dates and times, and how to sign up.
Maryland to Pilot Community Eligibility Option
Maryland is one of four states selected by USDA to pilot the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) in the 2013-2014 school year, which will be implemented in Baltimore City Schools, select Washington County Schools, and the SEED School of Maryland. CEO is the newest tool for schools with high percentages of low-income students to provide meals at no charge to all students, and Maryland Hunger Solutions led advocacy efforts (pdf) to bring CEO to Maryland (link). Follow these links to a CEO in Maryland fact sheet (pdf) and the Maryland State Department of Education’s press release.
Maryland Hits Major Milestone in School Breakfast Participation, but there is Still Room for Improvement
More than half of all low-income Maryland students who participated in school lunch also participated in school breakfast during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a new report released today by Maryland Hunger Solutions. A major milestone in Maryland Hunger Solutions’ efforts to improve the reach of this important program, the report also found that participation grew from the previous school year by an impressive 14.4 percent, resulting in 131,936 low-income students in Maryland starting the day with a nutritious school breakfast. More...
Maryland Hunger Solutions Applauds Maryland Leaders for Protecting Food Assistance
“We applaud the leadership of Senators Mikulski and Cardin in recognizing the importance of SNAP to struggling Marylanders and urging their fellow Senators to make no cuts to SNAP in any Farm Bill negotiations,” said Cathy Demeroto, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. More...
MFANN Harford County Food Drop and Resource Day, April 30
The Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network (MFANN), chaired by Maryland Hunger Solutions, partnered with the Harford County Action Agency and Salvation Army to host the first Harford County Food Drop and Resource Day on Tuesday, April 30th at the Salvation Army in Havre de Grace. More than 150 Harford County families attended the event, where they were able to pick up food donated by the Maryland Food Bank as well as information from organizations including the USDA, United Way/211, WIC, Harford County Public Schools, the Havre de Grace Housing Authority, Legal Aid, and Upper Chesapeake Health.
Conference Call Archived - Apply for Funding to Help Hungry Marylanders by Becoming a Partner on the State Outreach Plan
Is your nonprofit interested in or currently engaged in Food Stamp outreach? Joining the Maryland Food Supplement Program State Outreach Plan could allow your organization to receive federal reimbursement for staff time and marketing activities related to these efforts. Archives available for 30 days beginning April 17, 2013 - access by dialing 1-334-420-1380 and entering 139343 for meeting number. Slides here (pdf).
Maryland Hunger Solutions guest-blogs for Department of Human Resources
“DHR is fortunate to have community partners that help us assist vulnerable children and adults. Maryland Hunger Solutions...is one of those partners and a critical part of our shared fight to eliminate poverty and hunger in Maryland. Director Cathy Demeroto...was kind enough to take me up on my offer to write the following guest blog post.” More...
Fighting Hunger and Poverty Breakfast in Annapolis Brings Policymakers and Struggling Marylanders to the Same Table
Nearly 100 anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates, policymakers, and Maryland residents who have experienced hunger and poverty gathered Thursday morning for the Fighting Hunger and Poverty Breakfast in Annapolis to discuss these challenges in Maryland and to outline solutions. More...
Maryland Hunger Solutions Helps Eligible Low-Income Households Apply for Food Assistance While Filing Their Taxes
For the second year in a row, Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) has partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Community Action Agency to connect low-income families who benefit from free tax assistance to the Food Supplement Program (FSP, formerly known as food stamps and known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP nationally). More...
MDHS Discusses Senior Hunger on WYPR
Listen as MDHS Director Cathy Demeroto discusses why some Maryland seniors face food insecurity, on WYPR Maryland Morning's "The Lines Between Us." More...
Hunger Amid Abundance Event Highlights 30 years of Manna Food Center’s service
The “Hunger Amid Abundance” event, co-Sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and Maryland Hunger Solutions, focused on hunger and hunger relief efforts in Montgomery County. A local reporter covers the event’s focus on fighting hunger and feeding hope in Hunger Amid Abundance: Manna’s Symposium on Hunger.
New Survey Finds 16.2 Percent of Households in Maryland Reported in 2012 Inability to Afford Enough Food
Nearly one in six people in Maryland reported in 2012 not having enough money to buy food that they or their family needed at some points during the prior twelve months, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “It is unacceptable that so many people across Maryland are struggling and cannot afford enough food to provide for their families,” said Cathy Demeroto, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS). “These numbers show us that we must make our nation’s safety net stronger, not weaker. We can’t afford to leave these vulnerable people behind.” More...
Senior Hunger Action Month Reaches Hundreds
Through partnerships with AARP Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Benefits Data Trust, the Maryland Department of Human Resources, and the Cecil County Senior Services and Community Transit, Maryland Hunger Solutions reached over 500 Marylanders with information and resources to fight senior hunger. Initiatives included a tele-town hall targeting Garrett, Cecil, Harford, Frederick, Montgomery, and Somerset seniors; a training of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland staff; and a Senior Hunger Action Day food drop and resource event in Elkton. More...
Maryland Hunger Solutions Applauds Governor O’Malley for Recognizing Importance of School Breakfast with Increased Investment in Maryland Meals for Achievement Program
Governor Martin O’Malley’s FY2014 budget released today contains a $1.8 million funding increase for Maryland Meals for Achievement Program (MMFA), a state-funded program that provides breakfast free to all students in the classroom. Increasing funding for this valuable program would enable more Maryland children to eat a nutritious breakfast at school, noted Maryland Hunger Solutions. More...
Legislative Session Starts January 9th, 2012
Wednesday January 9th starts the 2013 Maryland General Assembly. Maryland Hunger Solutions will be working in Annapolis over the next 90 days on issues related to ending hunger and poverty in Maryland. Follow our Twitter feed to keep up-to-date on Maryland Hunger Solutions efforts during #MDSession13!
We've Moved Our Offices to a New Location!
MDHS had a new home as of Friday, December 7 - 2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD, 21211. Our phones and email addresses remain the same.
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