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Maryland Hunger Solutions leads advocacy and public policy efforts in Maryland in support of efforts to fight hunger by strengthening the federal nutrition programs. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news and policy developments of interest to you.
And don’t forget to join our Paper Apple Campaign. By participating in the Campaign, you can add your voice to the hundreds of Marylanders who are urging support for the federal nutrition programs and other anti-hunger efforts.
At the state level…
Maryland Meals for Achievement
Thank Governor O'Malley, members of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, and House Appropriations Committee, for approving the $1.8 increase in Maryland Meals for Achievement funding. The increase will ensure that 57,000 more children will start their day off with a nutritious breakfast.
To see the testimony that Maryland Hunger Solutions submitted this past legislative session, visit the MDHS Testimony page (at left, under "Advocacy").
At the federal level…
On September 19th, 2013, the House passed a Farm Bill nutrition title, H.R. 3102, with $40 billion in SNAP cuts. Estimates from the Congressional Budget Office found that this bill would end benefits for approximately 3.8 million low-income people in 2014. The cuts would impact the most vulnerable by denying food assistance to children, seniors, veterans, active duty military, and working parents earning low wages. Timing for a House/Senate Farm Bill conference have yet to be announced.
At every stage of the Farm Bill process, advocates must weigh in with Members, the media and the public to drive home the point that H.R. 3102 is extreme and the over $40 billion/10 year cuts will dramatically affect the lives of millions of low-income people.
- Marylanders are urged to remain steadfast in our message: support and protect SNAP at every juncture. Call the Maryland Congressional Delegation (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) and urge them to oppose any legislation that does not protect SNAP and that leaves it vulnerable. SNAP is a program that’s been helping millions of low-income Americans – including some of the most vulnerable in our society – put food on the table. It must be protected from cuts to ensure it can give necessary food assistance to those who continue to struggle economically.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Child Nutrition Reauthorization)
CNR authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was passed in 2010, and many of its provisions are starting to take effect. Learn what it means for Maryland.