Maryland Hunger Solutions

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Urge Maryland's Congressional Delegation to Co-sponsor Summer Meals Act of 2014
For the more than a quarter of a million low-income students in Maryland who depend on the National School Lunch Program during the school year, summer often means losing access to the only dependable source of nutritious food they receive all day. This lack of access leaves low-income children more vulnerable to hunger, poor nutrition, and obesity when school is not in session. 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...


Community Eligibility Deadline Extended to August 31
Community Eligibility is an exciting new option that allows schools with high percentages of low-income children to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students – essentially becoming Hunger-Free Schools. School districts have until August 31, 2014 to elect this option. More...


Webinar: How to Join the Food Supplement Program State Outreach Plan (June 26, 2014)
Attention nonprofits interested in or currently engaged in Food Stamp outreach -joining the Maryland Food Supplement Program (FSP) State Outreach Plan could allow your organization to receive federal reimbursement for staff time and marketing activities related to these efforts. Register for the webinar and learn 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...


Maryland Hunger Solutions Helps Mitigate Food Loss from Extreme Weather Conditions and Power Outages - Alerts Food Stamp Recipients There is Recourse
Maryland Hunger Solutions announced today (2/14/14) that participants in the Maryland Food Supplement Program (FSP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) who experience food loss due to extreme weather and power outages may be able to have their benefits restored. More...


Maryland Hunger Solutions Urges Maryland Assembly to Implement Community Eligibility Provisions
As the Maryland General Assembly considers implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) across the state, Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions testified on the benefits of CEP. More...


School Breakfast Report Ranks Maryland 14th
A scorecard released today from the Food Research and Action Center shows that more low-income students are participating in school breakfast programs, and the state is ranked 14th in the nation for its participation rate. While nearly 162,000 students are receiving nutritious breakfasts, but Michael J. Wilson, executive director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, said thousands more need to be served. More...


Maryland Hunger Solutions Joins Raise Maryland Rally In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage.
Maryland Hunger Solutions joined Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Raise Maryland and workers, business owners, and faith leaders in Annapolis to support raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by January 1, 2016. More...


Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Maryland Hunger Solutions today.
When you know that the work we do literally puts healthy food in the mouths of tens of thousands of people all over our state – from the Eastern Shore to the Allegheny Mountains, from the Washington suburbs to downtown Baltimore and everywhere in between – then you realize just how important our work is. More...


Faith Leaders: Sign On to SNAP Letter Opposing Cuts
Massive cuts to the SNAP program have been proposed in Congress. Often it is the faith community that is asked to fill the void where government policy falls short. However, faith leaders and our allies at the Maryland food banks have already told us they will not be able to fill this void. MDHS is asking faith leaders to stand with us to protect and strengthen SNAP in the budget negotiations and to OPPOSE SNAP cuts. More...


Maryland Hunger Solutions Announces Additional Funding for Baltimore Bucks Incentive Project
Baltimore residents and employees of the Waverly Farmers Market joined Maryland Hunger Solutions and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability to announce the release of $6,000 in additional funding to the Baltimore Bucks Incentive Project from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. More...


Jared Bernstein Delivers Keynote Address at Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference
At left, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities with MDHS staff. As the only statewide anti-hunger conference, Fighting Hunger in Maryland is an important forum that brings 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. More about the conference...


One in Five Households with Children in Maryland Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
Food Hardship 2008-2012: Geography and Household Composition, released by FRAC, found that in surveys from 2008-2012, more than 20 percent of households with children in Maryland said there were times in the prior year when they did not have enough money to buy food that they needed for themselves or their family. More than 13 percent of households without children in Maryland said they faced the same struggle. More...


Michael J. Wilson Named New Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions
The Food Research and Action Center is delighted to announce that Michael J. Wilson is the new director of the Maryland Hunger Solutions initiative. Michael J. brings more than 30 years of experience organizing and coordinating programs and grassroots campaigns, and is a widely known and respected leader in the social justice community. More...


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 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.


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