Federal Food Programs
The federal government's nutrition programs – Food Stamps, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and WIC – provide healthy and nutritious food to hungry Marylanders. Click on the program title for more information.
In February 2009, the Economic Recovery Legislation become law. Follow this link for highlights of the act and what it means for food and nutrition programs.
...provides federal funding for meals served to children aged 18 and under in afterschool enrichment programs located in low-income areas. Maryland is one of only ten states that are currently included in this important program.
...provides monthly assistance to low-income families to help them buy food and eat healthy.
...provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day.
...provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
...provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and access to health care to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children.
...fills the nutrition gap for children (ages 18 and under) who depend on school lunch and breakfast during the school year by providing free, nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months.
...covers the cost of snacks and meals served to children at child care centers, Head Start Programs, family child care homes, and afterschool programs.
...provides federal funds to private nonprofit and public organizations (including schools) so they can serve nutritious snacks as part of after school programs.