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.
During the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session, Maryland Hunger Solutions and our partners across the state are working to reduce poverty and food insecurity by advocating for the passage of the following bills:
Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens
The Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens bill seeks to reduce food insecurity among teenagers and increase access to school meals by bolstering the successful Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program in secondary schools. MMFA provides state support to allow high-poverty schools to serve breakfast in the classroom to all students, free of charge. This bill will allow greater participation of secondary schools in MMFA by changing the current requirement that breakfast be delivered to every classroom. Secondary schools would be able to use “Grab and Go” carts in addition to serving breakfast in the classroom. Approximately $2.7M in additional state funding will allow 93 high-poverty high schools, reaching more than 90,000 students, to participate in MMFA.
The Maryland Cares for Kids Act
The Maryland Cares for Kids Act uses state funds to cover reduced-price school meal co-pays so that all low-income students have access to free school meals. Students eligible to receive reduced-price school meals are in families that are often struggling to make ends meet, especially given the high cost of living in Maryland. When this bill passes, more than 45,000 reduced-price eligible students will have access to school meals at no cost to the student or family.
The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows high-poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. There are currently 227 Hunger-Free Schools in Maryland, and this bill will allow schools to continue to use the federal funding available through CEP without fear of losing state education funding.
Please contact Michael J. Wilson, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, for more information about ways that you can get involved in our advocacy efforts.
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To see the testimony that Maryland Hunger Solutions submitted this past legislative session, visit the MDHS Testimony page.