LaMonika Jones Named Interim Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions

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Colleen Barton Sutton

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2024 — Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) today announced that LaMonika N. Jones has been named the interim director at the leading anti-hunger organization working to end hunger in the state.  Jones also will continue her role as director of D.C. Hunger Solutions.

“LaMonika’s passion and commitment to ending hunger in the region combined with her tenacious leadership will greatly benefit this role,” said Kelly Horton, interim president of the Food Research & Action Center, the parent organization of Maryland Hunger Solutions and D.C. Hunger Solutions.

“I am elated to be a part of the Maryland Hunger Solutions team,” said Jones. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to champion initiatives to ensure residents with low-incomes all across the state have access to the resources they need to thrive.”

As director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, Jones has been instrumental in advocating for enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and funding for critical programs such as universal school meals, Summer EBT, and the early child tax credit, that address poverty and the root causes of hunger.

Prior to D.C. Hunger Solutions, Jones served as the Procurement and Purchasing Compliance Officer with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, working within the Nutrition Services Division, providing technical assistance and monitoring oversight for child nutrition program providers participating in the Child and Adult Food Care Program and Summer Food Service Program. She also served as a steering committee member of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition, focusing on the use of local food systems in early child care and K-12.

Jones holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from Oakland University and a M.Ed. in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University. She was a 2021-2022 Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Fellow working diligently to advance policies, practices, programs, and initiatives that intentionally redress racial marginalization and create racial equity in early childhood systems. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the National Farm to School Network; Executive Committee Member of DC Good Food Purchasing Program Coalition; Co-Chair of the Fair Budget Coalition Food Access Issue Group; and Co-Chair of FRAC’s Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.


About Maryland Hunger Solutions 
Maryland Hunger Solutions , an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center, works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of Maryland residents.

About D.C. Hunger Solutions
D.C. Hunger Solutions, founded in 2002 as an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), works to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income people in the District of Columbia. To learn more about D.C. Hunger Solutions, visit

About The Food Research & Action Center
The Food Research & Action Center improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions. To learn more, visit and follow us on X and on Facebook.