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November 25th, 2015

MDFMA joins organizations to send Governor Hogan Letter on Fighting Hunger in Maryland

by Amy Crone

On the eve of Thanksgiving, MDFMA joins more than twenty-five organizations that wrote to Governor Hogan to urge him to  invest in programs that fight hunger in Maryland. As part of the Maryland Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, MDFMA is grateful to be part of a coalition of such dedicated organizations working to address the needs of food insecure Marylanders.

The Letter urges the Governor to include the following priorities in his FY 2017 budget:

  • Support for the statewide program to offer incentives for using federal nutrition benefits at Maryland farmers markets.
  • $5.3 million in funding for Maryland Meals for Achievement, a state funded program that supports breakfast in the classroom,
  • $2.5 million in funding to eliminate the reduced-price category from school meals – allowing increased access to school meal programs, and
  • $5 million in funding for the Maryland Afterschool and Summer Opportunity Fund to expand access to afterschool and summer meal programs.

See the related Press Release and more information on MDFMA’s Maryland Market Money Program – our statewide incentive program which helps provide food-insecure Marylanders with fresh produce from their local farmers at markets.

 

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.