On the eve of Thanksgiving, Maryland Hunger Solutions joined with more than twenty-five organizations to urge Governor Hogan to invest in programs that fight hunger in Maryland. The letter (pdf) urges the Governor to include the following priorities in his FY 2017 budget:
- $5.3 million in funding for Maryland Meals for Achievement, a state funded program that supports breakfast in the classroom,
- $2.5 million in funding to eliminate the reduced-price category from school meals – allowing increased access to school meal programs, and
- $5 million in funding for the Maryland Afterschool and Summer Opportunity Fund to expand access to afterschool and summer meal programs.
“We are asking Governor Hogan to fund programs proven to combat hunger,” said Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. Too many Marylanders struggle to put food on the table every day, and the FY 2017 budget should invest in programs we know will advance the fight against hunger and poverty.”