7-13-11: Working to End Childhood Hunger

July 13, 2011 at 8:07 am 2 comments

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.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cheri Bond Pegues  |  July 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I would like to inquire about volunteering for The Family League of Baltimore City.

    Reply
  • 2. Youth Service America  |  July 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Youth Service America is working with the Sodexo Foundation and Share Our Strength to combat childhood hunger. We are currently offering $500 grants to youth with ideas for how to accomplish this. Please see http://www.ysa.org/grants/sodexoyouth for more information.

    Reply

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