Maryland Food Bank Youth Programs
More than 236,000 children in Maryland are at-risk for hunger. 179,000 of those live in the Maryland Food Bank service area.
The Youth Programs below help the Maryland Food Bank combat childhood hunger in a variety of distinct and unique ways. From encouraging parental volunteerism in our School Pantry Program to feeding children after school and during the summer through our At Risk Supper Program and Summer Food Service Program, the Maryland Food Bank is leading the movement to end childhood hunger in Maryland.
For More Information:
To learn more about any of our Youth Programs, please email Kizzy Dawkins, our Youth Program Coordinator, or call 410.737.8282 x218.
At Risk Supper Club Program
Our At Risk Supper Club Program provides children with a meal after school while they participate in educational activities after school. The Maryland Food Bank administers the Supper Club Program, recruiting host sites, ordering meals and coordinating meal distribution. Meals are prepared by local caterers as well as by our in-house Bauer Community Kitchen FoodWorks student cooks and must meet strict nutritional guidelines specified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food costs for the program are reimbursable through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
By serving meals through existing after-school programs, the Supper Club Program ensures that children have consistent access to healthy food in a safe, familiar setting that is free of stigma. Currently the Maryland Food Bank operates 35 At Risk Supper Club sites. In Fiscal Year 2012, the At Risk Snack program served nearly 189,000 meals to hungry children in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Somerset County and Wicomico County.
School Pantry Program
Parental involvement is a path out of poverty. School Pantries engage parents of low-income students in volunteer activities at their child's school. The goal of the program is to provide food for children going hungry, while also encouraging parents to take an active role in their child's education and development. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Maryland Food Bank operated 147 school pantry sites in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Somerset, and Wicomico counties, as well as Baltimore City. During this time, the program distributed more than 1.3 million pounds of food to low-income parents and children in need. The program has recently expanded to Washington County in Western Maryland.
Summer Food Service Program
When school is out—breakfast and lunch are still on! The Maryland Food Bank has partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education to ensure that children are getting fed during the summer months when school is not in session. This program specifically targets children in areas where at least 50 percent of children qualify for free or reduced school breakfast or lunch. In 2012, the Summer Food Service Program provided more than 111,000 meals to children at 53 sites. Without this program, thousands of children would return to school undernourished and unable to learn.