The program, Maryland Meals for Achievement, provides students at 271 schools with breakfast at their desks.
Thursday, February 28
By Amber Larkins, Capital News Service Gov. Martin O’Malley wants to end childhood hunger in the United States one state at a time, beginning with Maryland. Wednesday, at a breakfast event at Eastport Elementary School, O’Malley said he’s included $1.8 million in his proposed budget towards expanding Maryland Meals for Achievement, a program that feeds breakfast to students. “There’s no such thing as a spare Marylander, a spare American, a spare child,” O’Malley said. “Our children deserve the ability to grow.” Of Maryland’s 1,441 schools, 271 participate in Maryland Meals for Achievement, a program administered by the Maryland State Department of Education which seeks to increase school breakfast participation by supplying students with …
The number of children qualifying for free or reduced-price meals has increased by nearly 20 percent in Prince George's County over the last three years.
Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin urged state lawmakers Wednesday to allot additional funding to significantly increase that number of children in the state that get breakfast and for more funding for Maryland Meals for Achievement. In Prince George's County, over the last three years, the number of children qualifying for free or reduced-price meals has increased by nearly 20 percent. That means there are more than 70,000 children now falling below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, according to a news release by Ervin. The county has more than 150 schools that qualify for the Maryland Meals for Achievement program, but only 27 schools are funded this year. “As a mom I know how miserable my boys get when a meal is late…