Sunday, July 12, 2009

FYI: News From the Maryland Hunger Solutions Newsletter

1. BOE trashes lunch policy aimed at lowering debt Kristin Harty, Cumberland Times-News, May 13, 2009 School officials have tried all sorts of tricks to get parents to pay the more than $30,000 that's past-due for student lunches. They even tried serving cheese sandwiches and water to students with overdue accounts, until the Allegany County Board of Education overturned the policy, leaving school officials to find other ways of dealing with the debt. Read the Full Story at

2. Our Bay: This Week's Take: Grounding the connection to what kids eatCindy Ross, The Capital, May 23, 2009 The Farm to School program is a nationwide program that aims to teach children about the origins of the food they eat. Maryland has the premier program in the Chesapeake Bay region with many counties working with local farmers to offer different types of locally grown produce to their students. Read the Full Story at

3. Demand is Increasing for Subsidized Meals Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post, May 24, 2009 The economic downturn is increasing the demand for government-subsidized school meals. In Montgomery County, the portion of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals rose from 26 to 28 percent. Read the Full Story at

4. Children, meet your vegetables Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun, May 26, 2009 Baltimore chefs donate their time in 17 Baltimore city and county schools to teach children about healthy eating that tastes good. The program is called "Days of Taste" and introduces local children to produce grown on Maryland farms. Read the Full Story at,0,3286159.story.

5. Cascade students have reason to cheer Janet Heim, The Herald-Mail, May 27, 2009. After 57 consecutive school days of eating Cheerios for breakfast, Cascade Elementary School students on Wednesday celebrated reaching their goal of downing 1 million pieces of the cereal with a visit from Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and the schools superintendent and a chicken dance from their principal. The challenge began Monday, March 2, as a kickoff to National School Breakfast Week and was undertaken in recognition of the $1 million donation to the school from PenMar Development Corp. Read the Full Story at

6. Buffalo wrap is a winner John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun, May 31, 2009 A group of students at Atholton High School, in Howard County, thinks a healthier spin on a spicy restaurant favorite will get their classmates excited about school lunch. The six students won a county-wide recipe contest and the right to have their recipe for a spicy buffalo chicken wrap served in cafeterias throughout the Howard County school system this fall. Read the Full Story at,0,1389118.story.

7. The New Meal Edward Ericson Jr, Baltimore City Paper, June 3, 2009 Tony Geraci, the Baltimore City Schools' director of food and nutrition, is leading the charge to replace the pre-cooked, frozen meals served in Baltimore schools with locally-grown and prepared meals. Geraci is pitching a "farm-to-fork school" in which students will learn agro-hospitality, farm management (management in general), cooking, and various hospitality fields. Already the "Great Kids Farm" has been established and is being integrated into the local curriculum. Read the Full Story at

8. Who Influences Children's Eating Habits?Caroline Wilbert, WebMD Health News, June 4, 2009 A recent study suggests only a weak resemblance between the eating habits of parents and children, indicating stronger influence from factors outside of the family, including the school environment. Read the Full Story at

9. For Some Kids, Hunger All Too RealSeth Doane, CBS News, June 5, 2009 An estimated 15.5 million American kids don't have enough food - that's 3 million more than just two years ago. A new photo exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger" documents the struggles of 42 lower-income Philadelphia mothers to provide enough food for their children. Read the Full Story at
10. Giving for Good: Challenging Times: Basic Human Needs Guide for Donors Bess Freed lander Langbein, The Capital Hometown Annapolis.Com, June 7, 2009 During these challenging economic times, the basic human needs of the residents of Maryland are increasing. Marcia Kennai, Director of Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, underscores this point, "We are seeing more families who have never been in before asking for mortgage assistance, utility assistance and food stamps. The bills are larger and people are forced to go to several agencies to meet their needs." Read Full Story at

11. Free Meals for Maryland Kids During Summer VacationKatelyn Thomas,, June 10, 2009When you are struggling financially, it is wonderful to know that your child will get a reduced or free breakfast and lunch during the school year. However, once school is out for the summer, you don't have that safety net. For information about where your child can eat during the summer, call 1-877-731-9300 or visit the Maryland Summer Food Service Program website at Read Full Story at

12. Budget Friendly Nutrition Series Offered at LibraryKatherine Mullen,, June 11, 2009"Nutrition on a Nickel and Dime Budget" is a new monthly library program that aims to provide Frederick residents with tips and tools to reduce grocery bills, watch portion sizes and make healthy choices. In addition they provide attendees with a list of resources for community-supported agriculture, food stamps and food banks. Read the Full Story at

13. Homeless Student Rolls Sky rocket Gretchen Phillips, SoMdNews.Com, June 12, 2009 Charles County's public schools saw an increase in homeless students this year. Grier said that with several community agencies as partners, departments within the school system can help ensure homeless children receive meals at 11 different sites in the county this summer. Read the Full Story at

14. Local Produce Produces QuestionsLaura Vozella, Baltimore Sun, June 15, 2009 Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) which number more than 12,500 nationwide, allow consumers to buy produce directly from local farms, and it's the farmer and the season that dictate which fruits and vegetables - and how much of them - are delivered each week. Because a portion is donated to soup kitchens, some needy Baltimoreans are getting to know the unusual foods at the same time as gourmets. In city shelters and suburban kitchens, cooks are turning to the Internet, cookbooks and even strangers to identify these foods and figure out how to prepare them. Read the Full Story at,0,7603666.story.

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