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Maryland Lawmakers Get Hunger Report

PHOTO: Maryland families are documenting their struggle with hunger for a display in Annapolis. Photo credit: Maryland Hunger Solutions
PHOTO: Maryland families are documenting their struggle with hunger for a display in Annapolis. Photo credit: Maryland Hunger Solutions
March 21, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland families have documented their experiences with hunger and poverty in heart-wrenching stories and pictures for an exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger." This morning, at the Fighting Hunger and Poverty Breakfast event in Annapolis, legislators will get a first-hand look.

One in six Marylanders did not have enough money to buy food last year, according to a report recently released from the Food Research and Action Center. Maryland Hunger Solutions director Cathy Demeroto said lawmakers need to know about it.

"To recognize the fact that in the wealthiest state, there are still many many people who are struggling with hunger and food insecurity," she said. "That's unacceptable and really morally reprehensible."

Demeroto said she'll also be telling Maryland legislators how many people in their districts are struggling to afford food.

Proposed federal cuts to the food stamp program could threaten Maryland families, so Demeroto wants to make sure safety-net programs in Maryland are protected.

"We want to make sure the state continues to support programs such as in-classroom breakfast," she said.

The state budget for this year boosts funding for that breakfast program, Demeroto said.

The food hardship report is online at mdhungersolutions.org.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD