Maryland may be one of the wealthiest states, but hunger runs deep. It affects old and young alike, but it can be solved by connecting all who are eligible to the federal nutrition programs. We compile and analyze the latest data to show the need and the solution. Our rich library of resources will help your education, advocacy, and outreach efforts as we work together to end hunger and promote well-being.
Maryland Hunger Solutions advocates for policies, programs and resources that fight hunger and improve the well-being of Marylanders. Through our Paper Apple Campaign, we are gathering messages from Marylanders on how to create a healthy and hunger-free state. By participating in the Campaign, you can tell our elected officials that protecting and investing in nutrition programs is essential to creating a healthy, hunger-free Maryland.
We are actively engaged in connecting eligible Marylanders with federal nutrition program benefits and available state and local resources. Whether it’s a county fair, senior expo, back-to-school night, or conference, our staff will come to you with information on applying for benefits from programs like food stamps and school meals and accessing healthy, affordable food.
By engaging partners across the state, we are removing barriers to nutrition programs, increasing outreach, and expanding access to affordable and healthy food – all steps that will get us closer to our mutual goal of ending hunger. Maryland Hunger Solutions collaborates with public and private partners through various coalitions, partnerships, and state and local food policy workgroups.
Faith Leaders: Sign On to SNAP Letter Opposing Cuts
Massive cuts to the SNAP program have been proposed in Congress. Often it is the faith community that is asked to fill the void where government policy falls short. However, faith leaders and our allies at the Maryland food banks have already told us they will not be able to fill this void. MDHS is asking faith leaders to stand with us to protect and strengthen SNAP in the budget negotiations and to OPPOSE SNAP cuts. More...
Maryland Hunger Solutions Announces Additional Funding for Baltimore Bucks Incentive Project
Baltimore residents and employees of the Waverly Farmers Market joined Maryland Hunger Solutions and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability to announce the release of $6,000 in additional funding to the Baltimore Bucks Incentive Project from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. More...
Parents and Community Leaders Come Together to Strengthen School Breakfast Programs in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia
Parents and community leaders from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia joined education officials and national and state based anti-hunger advocates to discuss the importance of school breakfast in combating hunger and preparing students to learn and how to improve participation in this program. The summit was catered by Prince George’s County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services. More...
MDHS Director Michael J. Wilson's op-ed "Living hungry on food stamps" in Baltimore Sun focuses on FSP cuts and Food Stamp Challenge
"Have those in Congress who want to cut food stamps tried surviving on $30 in groceries a week? Even as I write this, I'm hungry. The truth is that I've been a little hungry ever since I began the Food Stamp Challenge." More... subscription required.
Webinar on Expiration of ARRA FSP Cuts
MDHS and the Maryland Department of Human Resources conducted a webinar recently on the expiration of the FSP boost in the economic recovery act. See first article in MDHS Newsletter for more...
Jared Bernstein Delivers Keynote Address at Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference
At left, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities with MDHS staff. As the only statewide anti-hunger conference, Fighting Hunger in Maryland is an important forum that brings 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. More about the conference...
One in Five Households with Children in Maryland Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
Food Hardship 2008-2012: Geography and Household Composition, released by FRAC, found that in surveys from 2008-2012, more than 20 percent of households with children in Maryland said there were times in the prior year when they did not have enough money to buy food that they needed for themselves or their family. More than 13 percent of households without children in Maryland said they faced the same struggle. More...
Fighting obesity with good nutrition – Baltimore Sun Letter to the Editor by MDHS Director Michael J. Wilson
Maryland state and local officials can play a big part in reducing obesity among preschoolers and other vulnerable populations by promoting participation in federal nutrition programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps and called the Food Supplement Program in Maryland), and the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The CDC specifically points out that these federal programs are addressing the issue by "helping low-income families to get affordable, nutritious foods through programs such WIC and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program." More...
Michael J. Wilson Named New Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions
The Food Research and Action Center is delighted to announce that Michael J. Wilson is the new director of the Maryland Hunger Solutions initiative. Michael J. brings more than 30 years of experience organizing and coordinating programs and grassroots campaigns, and is a widely known and respected leader in the social justice community. More...
Innovative Partnership Brings EBT Access, Baltimore Bucks to Institution-Based Farmers' Markets
Maryland Hunger Solutions is partnering with Eat Fresh Maryland, an initiative of the Crossroads Community Food Network, to enable three health institution-based farmers' markets to accept federal nutrition assistance benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and to match purchases made via EBT or WIC check up to $5. Follow this link to read more about the University Farmers Market, one of the three pilot sites.
Maryland to Pilot Community Eligibility Option
Maryland is one of four states selected by USDA to pilot the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) in the 2013-2014 school year, which will be implemented in select Washington County Schools, and the SEED School of Maryland. CEO is the newest tool for schools with high percentages of low-income students to provide meals at no charge to all students, and Maryland Hunger Solutions led advocacy efforts (pdf) to bring CEO to Maryland (link). Follow these links to a CEO in Maryland fact sheet (pdf) and the Maryland State Department of Education’s press release.
We've Moved Our Offices to a New Location!
MDHS had a new home as of Friday, December 7 - 2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 310, Baltimore, MD, 21211. Our phones and email addresses remain the same.
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