March 14, 2008
Food Stamp Challenge Highlights Need for Reform
“On day 1 of the Food Stamp Challenge, Kevin McGuire is shopping at Santoni's - a family-owned supermarket in East Baltimore. Grocery basked in hand, McGuire is Maryland's Food Stamp Director. He paces the aisles looking how to spend 21 dollars on food that will last him seven days.” –WYPR News in Maryland
March 3, 2008
School Breakfast Program Gives Baltimore Students A Boost
“Tables full of chatty elementary school students chow down in this Baltimore City charter school cafeteria. They slop spoonfuls of cereal, dunk graham crackers in milk, bite into sticky burritos, and sip juice. Wolfe Street Academy principal, Mark Gaither, watches closely.” –WYPR News in Maryland
November 14, 2007
9.5 Percent of Maryland Households Living on the Edge of Hunger
Maryland households continue to face a constant struggle against hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) annual report on food insecurity. The latest data in that report (using three-year averages for states) show that from 2004-06, 9.5 percent of Marylanders lived in households that were considered to be food insecure.
August 7, 2007
Breakfast Participation in Baltimore Fails to Make the Grade, School Breakfast Reaching Barely 4 out of 10 Low-Income Students
The first day of school is approaching fast, but breakfast is not on the schedule for too many Baltimore students. Only 39 percent of eligible low-income students participated in the School Breakfast Program in Baltimore City schools during the 2005-06 school year, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This placed Baltimore eighteenth among the 23 cities studied.
December 11, 2007
Breakfast Participation Remains Level among Maryland Students, Maryland Hunger Solutions Highlights Strategies to Boost Participation
Less than half of eligible Maryland low-income students (43 percent) received school breakfast during the 2006-07 school year, according to Kimberley Chin, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. Based on data from the Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard 2007, Maryland could help 37,546 more low-income children start each day with a healthy morning meal and gain an additional $7.9 million in federal funding if it could increase participation to reach the attainable level of 60 percent of eligible children.
December 7, 2006
More Maryland Children and Schools Participating in the School Breakfast Program
More than 95,000 low-income Maryland children benefited from the national School Breakfast Program during the 2005-2006 school year, a 4.2 percent increase from the previous school year. However, the state is forgoing $7.8 million in federal funds due to low participation, according to The Food Research and Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard 2006.