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.
The Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference, held each year in September, 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.
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.
Protect Maryland from Cuts in Federal Nutrition Programs
We are encouraging organizations from across the state to sign on to this letter urging the Maryland Congressional Delegation to support the vital federal nutrition programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. Signing on will send a strong message to Congress: No cuts or block grants to SNAP, TEFAP, and other important programs.
ABAWD Time Limits
Maryland Hunger Solutions is working to ensure that community partners and FSP recipients who may be identified as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are knowledgeable about the rules and regulations. We are scheduling community meetings in all of the affected jurisdictions in which the ABAWD time limits are in effect. For more information, email us at ABAWD@mdhungersolutions.org or call 410-528-0021.
How Did Families And The Working Poor Fare This Legislative Session?
Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, was on WYPR’s Midday show with Tom Hall on April 11 to discuss the Maryland General Assembly’s 437th annual session. He and the other panelists explored how children, families, and Maryland’s most marginalized citizens will be affected by this year’s legislation. More...
Op-ed Argues for Using Existing Solutions to Hunger and Poverty
Check out the op-ed in the Baltimore Sun by Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Benjamin Orr, executive director of the Maryland Center of Economic Policy. They respond to Gov. Hogan’s announcement of a commission, led by his lieutenant governor, to look at "Two Generation Family Security" (pdf). While the idea of a commission focused on economic security is not a bad one, families experiencing poverty shouldn't have to keep waiting when there are existing solutions that we could implement now. More...
Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in Hear the Maryland Crunch!
Thank you apple crunchers! On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 thousands of Marylanders Heard the Maryland Crunch! Students, teachers, legislators, and community members all took a bite into a juicy apple, to help raise awareness of the important role that school breakfast plays in ensuring children have access to healthy food. Held during National School Breakfast Week, Hear the Maryland Crunch highlights the importance of the School Breakfast Program in ensuring that all children get a healthy start to their day. More...
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.
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...
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...