On May 31st, Anne Arundel County committed $1.5 million to provide all eligible school-aged children with Summer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for June, July, August, and December.
In addition to the county’s commitment, the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Family Investment Administration will contribute $280,320. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman explained how the funding would benefit the county’s families in a press release:
‘Providing this benefit gives critical support to families at a time when inflation is hitting family grocery budgets hard.,’ County Executive Pittman said. ‘By giving families extra support during a time when school is out and kids are eating at home more, we’re hoping to make it a little easier to manage this summer.’
Altogether,17,771 Anne Arundel children between the ages of 5 to 17 years old are eligible for SNAP benefits. The funding will provide $30 to children in June, July, and August, and $10 in December.