According to the report, during the 2011 to 2012 school year, an average of 11,433 children received meals at 440 afterschool programs in Maryland through the Afterschool Meal Program. This is an increase from 2009 to 2010, the first year of the program, when 126 afterschool programs served meals to 3,404 children per day.
The largest growth in average daily participation was seen in Baltimore City, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, according to the Maryland Hunger Solutions.
Despite the significant gains made by Maryland, however, seven counties did not have an active afterschool supper site operating during the 2011 to 2012 school year, even though at least one eligible school existed in each county.
For more information, see the full story from WBAL or come to MACo’s Summer Conference session, Aiding All Ages: Multiple Models for Making a Difference where Molly McCloskey, Executive Director of No Kid Hungry will be presenting on her program to end childhood hunger in Maryland. No Kid Hungry connects kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals through a network of private citizens, government officials,nonprofit organizations, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. This session will be held on Thursday, August 15. To register, see the MACo website.