Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger
In March of 2012, city leaders convened the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger to increase participation in federal nutrition assistance programs and decrease childhood hunger in Baltimore City. Modeled after the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, the Baltimore Partnership seeks to engage state and local agencies as well as community leaders, elected officials and other nonprofit organizations in concerted strategies to eradicate childhood hunger.
The Partnership has worked tirelessly since this time to increase access to proven and effective food access resources – school breakfast and lunch, afterschool and summer meals, and food assistance programs such as WIC, SNAP, and food pantries. Through on-the-ground community organizing, targeted public policy reform, and City-wide coalition building, participation in these programs has increased significantly.
The Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger will continue to draw additional organizations to the table while building on the childhood anti-hunger work that the following partners have been undertaking for years.
- City Agencies: Mayor’s Office, Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Mayor’s Office of Human Services, Food and Nutrition Services of Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Housing, Baltimore Department of Health, Baltimore Department of Social Services.
- State/Academic: University of Maryland, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Department of Human Resources.
- Nonprofits: Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Hunger Solutions, Share Our Strength, Family League of Baltimore, United Way of Maryland, Maryland Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul/KidzTable, Maryland Out of School Time Network