Partnership Updates

2018 Partnership Meeting Dates:
March 29, June 28, September 27 and December 13

Maryland Partnership Connect!

March 30, 2017
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The Maryland Food Bank - Save A Seat At Your Table
The Maryland Food Bank joined participating restaurants in the Maryland area to sponsor A Seat At Your Table, a campaign designed to change the plight of the nearly 760,000 Marylanders who do not have consistent access to food each day.    From February 20th to April 15th, some of Maryland’s top local restaurants are lending their names and tables toSave A Seat for hungry Marylanders in need.  See more at https://mdfoodbank.org/save-a-seat/#sthash.JgOXcmsr.dpuf. Getting involved is easy with these simple steps: 1. Dine Out: Find a participating restaurant near you and ask about their Save a Seat promotion while enjoying a night out. 2. Dine In and Donate: A small donation, of just $10, can provide 30 meals to a neighbor in need. 3. Donate online today.  See more at: https://mdfoodbank.org/save-a-seat/#sthash.JgOXcmsr.dpuf 
St. Vincent De Paul Fills Bowls with Their Empty Bowls Event
On March 25th St. Vincent De Paul hosted their Empty Bowls event; a fun, family-friendly event to which every dollar was directly contributed to programs and services that provide food, shelter and support services to the men, women and children of the communities that St. Vincent De Paul's services aid each day.  
Want to know how you can help? 
Visit http://www.emptybowlsbaltimore.org/ for more information.  
The Family League Recognized by Baltimore  Mayor Catherine Pugh During CACFP Week
Recognizing Family League of Baltimore as a proud sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), serving meals at schools, recreational centers, afterschool programs and community sites, Mayor Catherine Pugh presented the organization with a proclamation declaring March 12th- 18th as “National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week” in Baltimore.  Congratulations to the staff of Family League of Baltimore for the great work that you do! Catch up with all of the great things happening at the Family League of Baltimore through their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FamilyLeagueBaltimore/.   
MOST Unveils Their MY3PM Campaign 
The Maryland Out of School Time Network unveiled MY3PM (Maryland Youth at 3PM), a campaign initiated to raise awareness specifically among business owners, executives and working parents of the need to increase Out of School Time programs across Maryland.  With the advocacy of these individuals, MOST can communicate to State and Local Legislators that supporting these programs should be part of Maryland’s overall intention to support working families, business development and economic growth within the state. http://mdoutofschooltime.org/my3pm  
Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Crunch Heard Around The State! 
On March 7th thousands of Marylanders Heard the Maryland Crunch!  Students, teacher’s, legislators and community members all took a bite into a juicy apple to help raise awareness of the importance that school breakfast plays in ensuring children have access to healthy food.  For more information on how you can participate in next year's Hear The Maryland Crunch, visit http://www.mdhungersolutions.org/projects/hear_the_md_crunch.shtm 
Team Maryland Hosts No Kid Hungry Night In Annapolis
The No Kid Hungry Maryland Team hosted their first No Kid Hungry Night in Annapolis Event.  The reception which was held at Annapolis’ lustrous Red Red Wine Bar, brought together State Legislators, partners and stakeholders for a night of food, fun and bringing awareness to the issue of childhood hunger in Maryland.  Maryland Appropriations Committee Chair, Delegate Maggie McIntosh captivated guests with her   remarks regarding legislation  that will impact the children of  Maryland   and compelled guests to be the change they would like to see to end childhood hunger in the state. Principal Karen Soneira of Germantown Elementary School and Principal Sean McElhaney of Annapolis Middle School both shared with attendees how having an alternative breakfast model such as Grab and Go at their schools has enriched their students’ lives both nutritionally and educationally.   For more information regarding this event and other Maryland No Kid Hungry news, visit the No Kid Hungry Maryland website.   
WIC Releases Legislative and Funding Agenda
The Supplemental Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) recently released their legislative funding agenda which includes detailed funding recommendations to Congress to include:  Assuring Choice in the WIC Food Packages – WIC families should have access to similar choices as other U.S. families, including national and private label brands that meet WIC nutrition standards/requirements. They should be varied to encourage consumption and respect cultural preferences and have formats that align with family lifestyles. Limiting a WIC mother’s ability to choose the brands that best meet her family’s nutritional and cultural needs and family preferences, has a definite impact on WIC success. Restricting brands, product variety, size or formats of approved foods impacts enrollment, redemption of healthy foods, consumption of healthy foods and retention in the program. In short – the foods available to families through WIC impact a WIC mother’s willingness and ability to enroll in WIC, purchase and consume the nutritional foods provided by WIC, and remain in WIC. https://www.nwica.org/.