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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.

Register for the October Webinar: Reducing Barriers to School Meals Consumption

School meals are a critical part of the school day, supporting children’s academic achievement and health. Yet, barriers such as not enough time to eat, repetitive menus that do not reflect student preferences, or limited access to breakfast before the start of the school day, can limit school meal consumption. Join this webinar to hear school districts highlight their best practices for reducing barriers that allow their students to consume a balanced school meal. Register here…

MDHS to Receive Hunger Is Donations Made at Local Safeway Stores

We are excited to be selected as a charity partner for Safeway and Safeway Foundation to receive donations from the annual Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger. All donations made at the 25 participating Safeway stores in Maryland will be used to grow breakfast participation in schools and at summer meal sites across Maryland. More…

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…

Register today for #MFANN19

Register here for the 9th annual Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network (MFANN) Fighting Hunger In Maryland conference on September 19! As Maryland’s only statewide anti-hunger conference, this is the event you don’t want to miss! Check out the conference program!

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!

“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.

Giving Tuesday May Be Over, But the Need for Anti-Hunger Programs Continues

Maryland is the wealthiest state in the nation, but not all Marylanders share in the prosperity: more than 10% of Marylanders face food insecurity. Help end hunger in Maryland by supporting advocacy that will help Maryland residents keep food on their tables and in their pantries. Donate today!

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…

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.