Food Access

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Too many Baltimore children and families lack access to the nutritious foods they need to grow, thrive and succeed. To make sure young people are receiving nourishing meals each day, Family League has focused its nutrition work on reaching children wherever they are: at home, in school, after school and during the summer.

Impact in Food Access

Serving approximately 10,000 daily snacks & meals through Family League’s involvement in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Piloting the Baltimore City Summer initiative to increase number of young people participating in learning, meals and activities.

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.

To make sure young people are receiving nourishing meals each day, Family League has participated as a sponsor in the After-school Meals Program for more than six years. This program providers snacks and suppers served at eligible out of school time programs throughout the city.

Too many Baltimore families have trouble providing good food each day. To make sure young people are receiving nourishing meals each day, Family League has participated as a sponsor in the After-school Meals Program for more than five years.

This program providers snacks and suppers served at eligible out of school time programs throughout the city. In 2010, Maryland became one of 14 states to participate in the program.

Family League has aggressively expanded its work to become the largest provider of suppers in Maryland.

Family League serves more than 9,000 youth each day at over 225 sites, including Family League-funded programs, Baltimore City recreation centers, and other community-based programs.
More than 1 million meals and 1 million snacks will reach Baltimore’s children and youth each school year through this work.
In all, the program brings more than $4 million in federal nutrition funding to Baltimore.
Requirements for After-school Snack and Supper Program
Located at a site where at least half of the children in the school attendance area are eligible for free and reduced meals
Offer educational or enrichment activities, after the regular school day ends, or on weekends, during times of the year when school is in session
Meet licensing, health, or safety codes that are required by Maryland and Baltimore City
Competitive sports teams are not eligible. However, afterschool care programs that include a sports activity as part of their enrichment program may be eligible.
Only served to children under 18 years old
Child must be enrolled in your afterschool program

To participate in the After-school Meals Program, sites must submit an application with all required permits and attend training on-site at Family League. For more information contact food@familyleague.org.

Requirements for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Located at a site where at least half of the children in the school attendance area are eligible for free and reduced meals
Competitive sports teams are not eligible. However, afterschool care programs that include a sports activity as part of their enrichment program may be eligible.
Only served to children under 18 years old

For more information contact food@familyleague.org.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) was designed to improve the health and nutrition of children enrolled in the program through education, professional leadership and technical assistance. The program promotes the development of good eating habits, while providing professional assistance to Family Child Care Providers in an efficient and effective manner.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program’s mission is to enroll licensed Family Child Care Providers operating from within their homes and provide reimbursement for creditable meals and snacks served to participating children.  The Program began in 1979, as a contractual pilot program through the Maryland State Department of Human Resources, sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, serving Family Child Care homes and Child Day Care centers.

Effective October 1, 2011, Family League of Baltimore entered into an agreement with Maryland State Department of Education to sponsor Family Child Care homes and assumed administrative and financial responsibility for the Child Care Food Program.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program was designed to improve the health and nutrition of children enrolled in the program through education, professional leadership and technical assistance.

The program promotes the development of good eating habits, while providing professional assistance to Family Child Care Providers in an efficient and effective manner.  Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program allows children to eat a variety of nutritious foods, grow into their healthy weight and learn healthy attitudes about foods and nutrition.

Family League of Baltimore is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education to provide training for regulated Child Care Providers in the State of Maryland for Core of Knowledge and Continuing Training.  Trainings are offered throughout the program year on various topics related to: Child Development, Special Needs, Curriculum, Professionalism, Community, Health, Safety and Nutrition.

For USDA Food and Nutrition Services nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.