July 22, 2013 – 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.
Michael J., who lives in Silver Spring and has two children who go to college in Baltimore, has deep roots to Maryland.
He brings to MDHS a strong set of skills, experience, and contacts that will serve the organization well and will build upon its already remarkable efforts to ensure seniors, children, and low-income people have access to the healthy food they need. In its first five years, Maryland Hunger Solutions’ work has led to substantial increases in participation in critical federal nutrition programs, including food stamps (known as the Food Supplement Program in Maryland), the School Breakfast Program, the At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program and the Summer Food Service Program, as well as significantly greater use of farmers’ markets by people at risk of food hardship.
Michael J.’s career includes working as a legislative and press aide to the late Representative Charles Hayes (D-IL); serving in high-level jobs in the Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration; working as the Legislative and Political Director for the United Food and Commercial Workers; and serving as head of Americans for Democratic Action.
Please join us in welcoming Michael J. as he assumes the leadership of Maryland Hunger Solutions and builds on the strong foundation established by former director Cathy Demeroto.
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