7-13-11: Working to End Childhood Hunger
Nearly 200,000 kids in Maryland are at risk of going hungry. During the school year, many of them get free or reduced-price breakfasts, lunches and even suppers at school. Come summer, some of those children don’t know where their meals will come from – the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center say last summer only one-fifth of the kids who got meals at school during the year participated in summer meal programs.
Meanwhile, in 2008, Governor O’Malley set the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015–so there is a statewide effort to get food out to kids.
Sheilah speaks about the role free-meal distribution plays in ending childhood hunger with Kevin Keegan, CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, which runs the summer supper meal distribution program, and with Adriane Lee-Duff, who runs the summer meal program at the Druid Hill Y, and during the school year, she helps to run the Y after school program–which includes meals–at Patterson High School.