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Maryland Hunger Solutions leads advocacy and public policy efforts in Maryland in support of efforts to fight hunger by strengthening the federal nutrition programs. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news and policy developments of interest to you.
And don’t forget to join our Paper Apple Campaign. By participating in the Campaign, you can add your voice to the hundreds of Marylanders who are urging support for the federal nutrition programs and other anti-hunger efforts.
At the state level…
Maryland Meals for Achievement
Governor Martin O’Malley’s FY 2013 budget proposal includes a 20 percent increase in funding for Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA), a state program that supports breakfast in the classroom programs.
- ACTION: Email or call legislators on the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee this week. Relay this Message: Approve the Governor’s increase in Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) funding in MSDE’s Aid to Education Budget in the amount of $560,000 so 20,000 more low-income children start the day with a nutritious breakfast and ready to learn.
At the federal level…
President Obama recently released his FY2013 budget which included proposals to strengthen and protect SNAP and the nation’s nutrition safety net programs. Crucial proposals to improve anti-hunger programs included: a proposal to restore the cuts made to SNAP (food stamp) benefit allotments in the 2010 child nutrition bill and scheduled to take place in FY2013; a proposal to continue to suspend SNAP time limits for certain working-age, low-income adults without dependents; and a proposal to increase WIC’s cash value vouchers for fruits and vegetables for children from $6 a month to $8 a month, consistent with the Institute of Medicine recommendation.
- ACTION: Thank President Obama for supporting SNAP in his FY2013 budget.
Every five years, Congress renews the “Farm Bill,” a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes farm and agricultural policies and that also includes the Food Supplement Program (known nationally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008.
- ACTION: Contact your Member of Congress and urge him/her to strengthen and support SNAP by opposing proposals to cap or reduce funding, restrict eligibility or reduce benefits and supporting proposals to increase benefit adequacy to ensure that households have the resources to purchase a nutritionally adequate diet.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Child Nutrition Reauthorization)
CNR authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was passed in 2010, and many of its provisions are starting to take effect. Learn what it means for Maryland.