DHR Encourages Marylanders To Take The Food Stamp Challenge January 24 – 31, 2011

BALTIMORE – Starting Monday, January 24 and going through January 31, 2011, advocates, public and private officials, members of the media, community organization leaders and others are being asked to participate in the annual Food Stamp Challenge. The challenge asks participants to eat only food they are able to buy utilizing the amount of money that is provided to people who receive a food supplement program benefit. On average, the monthly benefit amount is $130.00 per person or $4.35 per day ($1.45 per meal).

In Maryland over 600,000 people each month rely on the food assistance program. One in nine households in Maryland (or 11.1 percent) faces a constant struggle against hunger. Children and the elderly suffer greatest from the lack of food. The O’Malley/Brown Administration is working aggressively to end childhood hunger and has made progress on many of the goals set at the campaign’s launch in 2008. Most notably, 16 percent more children are receiving food stamp benefits and nearly 25,000 more children participate in a school eating program.

For more information about the Food Stamp Challenge, sign up as a participant or to read about the experiences of those who enroll in the Challenge, visit the Maryland Hunger Solutions website at www.mdhungersolutions.org or contact them at 410-528-0021.

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