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HB287/SB361: Hunger Free Schools Act: State lawmakers reauthorized and updated the Hunger Free Schools Act of 2015, which was set to expire this year, to preserve recent gains made.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federally funded program that allows schools in low-income areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. The CEP allows high-poverty schools to offer school meals to all students at no charge, thereby creating Hunger-Free Schools. Community eligibility increases access to healthy school meals, improves learning and reduces food insecurity.

CEP adoption is growing in Maryland schools. Who benefits from the CEP?

  • Students have access to free nutritious meals without stigma; as well there is improved attendance, comprehension and alertness.
  • Parents do not have to deal with a household application or the other paperwork, nor do they have to manage lunch accounts.
  • School staff and administrators have reduced paperwork and administrative costs. There is an improved classroom environment along with student attention spans;  there are fewer  disciplinary referrals and higher graduation rates result.

Update:  The bill passed



HB150/SB170     The budget bill maintained current funding of $6.9 million for Maryland Meals for Achievement

Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) is an innovative, state-funded Breakfast in the Classroom program that reimburses school districts for costs not covered by federal funds when they provide an in-classroom breakfast to all students regardless of family income. Schools with at least 40% of students eligible for free or reduced price meals can provide universal, in-classroom breakfast.

MMFA is a successful and proven initiative that increases access to the federal School Breakfast Program. Currently, MMFA is funded at $6.9 million, allowing over 230,000 students in 462 schools to access free classroom breakfast.

Update:  The bill passed