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Maryland Hunger Solutions Alerts Beneficiaries, Retailers to Changes in Food Supplement Program
Beginning September 1st, 2015, two major changes to the state’s Food Supplement Program (FSP, or food stamps) will impact 800,000 low-income people, nearly 4,000 retailers and more than a dozen outreach organizations that connect eligible people to the program, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. One of the changes to the program, which is administered by Maryland’s Department of Human Resources (DHR), will affect the timeframe in which benefits will be issued while the other changes will address program enrollment and limiting benefits for adults without children. More...


USDA Summer Meals Program Feeds Low-Income Children Farmers Markets
For the first time, Summer Meals are available at two participating Baltimore City farmers markets: Govanstowne and Pigtown. As part of National Farmers Market Week, local and state leaders joined with the community to celebrate. More...

Photos: top/Rep. Paul Sarbanes joins MDHS staffer Brooke McCauley and MDHS director Michael J. Wilson at farmers' market event; bottom/Officials help serve food to children at event.


Registration is now open for the Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference
Join us on October 27th for the fifth annual Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference at the University of Maryland SMC Center in Baltimore. As the only statewide anti-hunger conference, Fighting Hunger in Maryland: Reframing Hunger is an important forum that will bring together leaders from state and local agencies, nonprofits, schools, and advocates to inform, engage, and inspire action to promote equity in food access and nutrition in Maryland. Through expert presentations, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, Fighting Hunger in Maryland will frame challenges and develop solutions to hunger in Maryland. Topics include: Federal and State Anti-Hunger Policy and Advocacy, Funding Anti-Hunger and Food Access Work, Child Nutrition Program Innovations and Policy Implementation, Innovative Models in Program Delivery, and more. Register here...


New Report Finds that Participation in Summer Meals in Maryland Increased in 2014
Maryland made significant strides in its efforts to reach more low-income children with summer meals in 2014, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take A Vacation, a report released annually by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). 59.705 low-income children were served summer meals on an average day in July 2013, an increase of 17.3 percent from last year. Summer meals reached 21.6 students for every 100 low-income children who got regular school year school meals in the 2013-2014 school year, outpacing that national rate of 16.2:100. More...


Governor Hogan Signs New Law to Reduce Child Hunger
We are thrilled to announce that Governor Hogan signed The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 into law today. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 increases access to the Community Eligibility Provision – federal funding that allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch free to all students. Community eligibility increases access to healthy school meals, improves learning, and reduces food insecurity. More...


Survey Finds 14 Percent of Households in Maryland Struggle to Afford Food
One in seven people – 14 percent of respondents – in Maryland reported in 2014 they struggled to afford enough food for their households, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). More...


Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Hear the Maryland Crunch!

Video: U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Hear the Maryland Crunch!


Tell Congress to Keep SNAP Strong
Add your name to FRAC's petition and let Congress know that you support SNAP. SNAP has extraordinary strengths. It reduces hunger and food insecurity, lifts people out of poverty, improves nutrition and health, boosts employment, responds quickly in times of disaster or recession, supports local economies, and improves well-being.


Celebrate Maryland Day, March 25, with Maryland Hunger Solutions and thousands of other Marylanders by crunching into a juicy apple!
Hear the Maryland Crunch is a fun state-wide, synchronized apple crunch event that aims to reduce child hunger by increasing access to School Breakfast Programs. Children who participate in School Breakfast programs are healthier and less likely to be late to or absent from school. Schools can increase access to breakfast by adopting successful models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and the Community Eligibility Provision. A new tool that allows high-poverty schools to serve all students breakfast and lunch at no charge, the Community Eligibility Provision creates Hunger-Free Schools and improves learning. See Maryland's eligible schools.

To participate in Hear the Maryland Crunch, crunch into an apple and share a photo of your best crunch face on Facebook. Vote for your favorite photos to win one of many exciting prizes!


NBA Team Honors Michael J. Wilson and MDHS
The Washington Wizards honored Michael J. Wilson and MDHS at their February 9 home game against the Orlando Magic. See Michael J. Wilson's interview on #WizMagic American Express Homecourt Advantage (interview starts at 3:39).


Reducing Childhood Hunger with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland’s Report Card
More than half of all low-income Maryland students who participate in school lunch also participate in school breakfast, according to a new report released today by Maryland Hunger Solutions. The report gave an A+ to Kent, Somerset, Dorchester, and Garrett counties, while the state received a C+ in overall breakfast participation during the 2012-2013 school year. More...


Feeding More Marylanders with Stronger SNAP Policies - Policy Brief with Maryland Center on Economic Policy
Beyond the benefit to Maryland’s families, children, and seniors, FSP is also a great resource for local businesses. For every $5 in new SNAP/FSP benefits, it generates $9 in economic activity for participating grocery stores. More...


Thirteen Percent of Maryland Households Struggling with Hunger
One in eight households in Maryland struggled with hunger, on average, over the years 2011-2013, according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity. More...


Maryland Hunger Solutions and Dozens of Partner Organizations Urge the Maryland Congressional Delegation to Cosponsor Summer Meals Act of 2014
Advocates and anti-hunger organizations from across the state of Maryland joined together this week to urge Maryland’s Congressional delegation to cosponsor the Summer Meals Act of 2014, a bipartisan bill that would strengthen, protect, and expand access to the Summer Nutrition Programs. More...


Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger and Maryland Hunger Solutions Call on Congress to Allow Three Meals Per Day in Summer Nutrition Programs
The Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Sharon Baptist Church will join parents, care takers, faith leaders, teachers, program administrators, students, and residents of Baltimore on Saturday to urge elected officials and leaders in Maryland to allow summer meals sites to serve three meals a day. Currently, a child can receive three federally funded meals each day during the school year through the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. During the summer, sites may only serve two meals through the Summer Food Service Program. More...


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