Harford Expands Children’s Summer Food Program

Harford County, the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Family Investment Administration (DHS/FIA), and the Harford County Department of Social Services have partnered to bring additional Summer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to at least 9,833 children.

The county’s investment of $828,740 ensures more low-income families will get help paying for groceries this summer through the state- and federally-run program. Summer SNAP is intended to help families feed their children when school nutrition programs cease operations from June through August. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman explained the decision to expand the program in a press release:

‘Inflation has made it harder to buy things we all need, and low-income parents have been hit the hardest,’ County Executive Glassman said. ‘We want to help, so parents don’t have to choose between feeding their children and filling their gas tank to get to work.  I would like to thank the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Family Investment Administration for the opportunity to provide a summer safety net for Harford County families in need.’

Harford’s Summer SNAP will provide an extra $30 a month per eligible child in June, July, and August and $10 per child over the winter break in December. The total added benefit per child is $100.

Harford families interested in receiving SNAP benefits can apply online at mymdthink.maryland.gov/home/#/ or contact the Harford County Department of Social Services at 410-297-6100 to learn more.

Read the full press release.

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