County Participation in Federal Nutrition Programs
Click on the county name below to download county fact sheets with the most recent participation data (pdf) for all nutrition programs in that county. Maryland Hunger Solutions compiles this data, which includes participation numbers for the Food Supplement Program, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and WIC.
Click here for Maryland's participation.
- Anne Arundel
- Baltimore City
- Prince George's
- Queen Anne's
- St. Mary's
About the Federal Nutrition Programs:
The Food Supplement Program provides monthly assistance to low-income families to help them buy food and eat healthy. The program provides a monthly sum of money on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to be used, like a debit card, at most grocery stores and other food retailers.
The School Breakfast Program provides nutritionally balanced breakfasts to children each school day. Children are eligible for free, reduced, or paid breakfasts based on their families' incomes. Any public school, charter, or nonprofit private school of high school grade or under, can participate in the National School Breakfast Program. Public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may also participate in the School Breakfast Program.
Afterschool Snacks and Afterschool Suppers help bridge the hunger gap for children who participate in afterschool programs. The Afterschool Snack/Suppers Programs provide federal funds to private nonprofit and public organizations (including schools) so they can serve nutritious snacks and meals as part of afterschool programs and help bridge this gap for children. Maryland is one of 13 states and the District of Columbia that participate in the Afterschool Suppers program.
The National School Lunch Program has been serving lunches in schools since 1946. Children can receive lunches for free, at a reduced price or at full price. Any public school, charter or nonprofit private school of high school grade or under, can participate in the National School Lunch Program. Public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may also participate in the Lunch Program.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and access to health care to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children. The monthly WIC food package is a combination of foods chosen to improve nutrition for pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants.
The Summer Food Service Program fills the nutrition gap for children (ages 18 and under) who depend on school lunch and breakfast during the school year by providing free, nutritious meals and snacks. The Summer Food Service Program provides reimbursements to summer sites that serve meals and snacks, which must meet federal dietary guidelines and be free of charge to children.
Nutrition for Child Care Settings - The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) covers a portion of the cost of snacks and meals served to children at child care centers, Head Start Programs, family child care homes, and afterschool programs. Meals and snacks served to children under the age of 12 as well as certain adults are reimbursed at different rates based on participants' income.