Maryland Hunger Solutions is talking with people in Maryland who have benefitted or are currently benefitting from the federal nutrition programs, including SNAP (called the Food Supplement Program or FSP in Maryland and formerly known as Food Stamps), WIC, School Breakfast Program, the Afterschool Meal Program, and the Summer Nutrition Programs.
These interviews provide valuable insight into the struggles that many Marylanders encounter and the importance of the federal nutrition programs to help eradicate hunger, increase access to healthy foods, and move people out of poverty. We are extremely grateful to those who have shared their stories with us and we look forward to hearing from more Marylanders throughout the state.
The Maryland First Class Breakfast Initiative is a project aimed at combating hunger and obesity through increased participation in school breakfast. The initiative is providing resources to a targeted group of 21 schools which include up to $7,500 in grants for each school to implement an alternative breakfast model and a comprehensive, step-by-step Guide to Increasing School Breakfast toolkit funded by Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.
More than 160 people are joining Maryland Hunger Solutions Director Cathy Demeroto in taking the Food Stamp Challenge during the week of September 19 - 25, 2011. Participants in the Challenge pledge to use the average food stamp benefit -- $30 a week in Maryland -- as their total budget for groceries for the week.