Counties Support Additional State Funding to Help Feed Maryland’s Students

On February 22, 2023, Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 559 – Education – Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program – Annual Appropriation.

The House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill’s cross-file, HB 514, on February 28.

SB 559 increases the annual State appropriation required for the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program from $7.5 million to over $12 million, providing much-needed support from the State to supplement federal aid used to supply students in need with free breakfast.

From the MACo Testimony:

Research is clear: access to healthy, quality in-school meals improves students’ educational experiences and learning performance. Furthermore, need and eligibility for free and reduced meals is growing statewide − as evidenced by the recently uncovered additional 111,000 students who should receive free and reduced school meals. Counties are proud to partner with the state and federal government to help provide Maryland students in need with quality, in-class breakfast. Hundreds of Maryland schools across 23 counties currently participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program (Baltimore City already has a universal breakfast program).

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