New Report Highlights Need for Statewide Policy on School Meal Debt
Ahead of National School Lunch Week (Oct. 14–18), Maryland Hunger Solutions released School Meal Charge Policies in Maryland: Best Practices for Preventing School Meal Debt. School lunch debt is a longstanding problem for families and schools in Maryland, and the report recommends best practices for responding to and preventing school meal debt while protecting children from humiliation and embarrassment in their schools. Read the report.
Maryland Hunger Solutions Joins Baltimore and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Opposing Proposal to Cut Access to SNAP
We joined Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed rule regarding categorical eligibility for SNAP. In Maryland, it’s estimated that up to 50,000 people could lose SNAP benefits. “This rule would take meals from seniors, prevent children from participating in free school meals. We urge Marylanders to oppose this policy change by voicing their opposition to USDA,” said Michael J. Wilson.
Trump Administration’s Latest Proposal Would Increase Hunger for Thousands of Marylanders
The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule that would take food assistance away from thousands of eligible Marylanders in all parts of the state. The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will particularly harm working families with children, and families and seniors with even modest amounts of savings. More…
Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break
Last summer, about four out of of five Maryland children who receive free and reduced-price school lunch during the school year were at risk of hunger during the summer. Even so, a new report shows that Maryland is doing better than much of the nation. Maryland ranks seventh nationally when it comes to the percentage of low-income children who received summer meals compared to those who received lunch during the school year. Learn more.
“Maryland Market Money” Now Available at More Farmers Markets in Prince George’s County
This market season, the Maryland Farmers Market Association’s “Maryland Market Money” program will be available at four farmers markets, and low-income residents can receive additional dollars to spend at these markets, making healthy foods more accessible and affordable for food-insecure shoppers in Prince George’s. Learn more.
Doing our Part to Ensure the Maryland General Assembly Promotes Food Security
Maryland Hunger Solutions testified before the General Assembly several times during the 2019 legislative session. Check out our testimonies from this session.
Missed Opportunities: An Analysis of SNAP Participation in Maryland by County
SNAP is a proven tool to reduce hunger and poverty in Maryland and across the country. However, new research finds that many Marylanders who are eligible for SNAP are not participating in the program. The number of eligible people not participating in SNAP by county ranges from 25 percent in Baltimore City to over 60 percent in Montgomery County. Check out Maryland Hunger Solutions’ new research brief, Missed Opportunities: An Analysis of SNAP Participation in Maryland by County, and the accompanying map, for more information on SNAP participation by county in Maryland. Listen to the story on WAMU, too!
Significant Gains Made in Afterschool Supper Participation, but Demand for Quality Afterschool Programs Still Outstrips Supply
More than 1.2 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers on an average weekday in October 2017, an 11 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Food Research & Action Center’s annual Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report. Find out more…
Over 12 Percent of Maryland Households Struggle to Afford Enough Food
Despite an improving economy, 12.6 percent of households in Maryland reported that they struggled to buy enough food for themselves and their families during 2016–2017, according to a new report released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group).
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