Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report, a new report from the Food Research & Action Center, ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs. Maryland ranked No. 8 this year in ensuring children across the city have access to nutrition when school is out for the summer. Nearly 64,000 children received a nutritious summer meal at the 1,357 summer meals sites across the state on an average weekday in July 2017, according to the report. Many of Maryland’s summer meals sites offer enrichment or educational programming alongside meals, which helps to combat summer learning loss and reduce any stigma associated with attending a site that provides only meals.