ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT MARYLAND FOOD BANK 2012 HUNGER ACTION SYMPOSIUM
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT MARYLAND FOOD BANK 2012 HUNGER ACTION SYMPOSIUM
BALTIMORE, Md. (September 13, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will welcome
attendees to the Maryland Food Bank’s 2012 Be A Voice Hunger Action Symposium, the organization’s annual meeting for stakeholders in the fight against hunger. Over 400 are expected to attend, including the Maryland Food Bank’s network of soup kitchens, pantries
and shelters, along with state and local government officials, private foundations and community-based organizations.
“Governor O’Malley and I made Maryland the first state in the country to commit to ending childhood hunger, and we’re fighting each and every day
to ensure that no Marylander goes hungry,” said Lt. Governor Brown.
“The Hunger Action Symposium is a great opportunity for community leaders and experts in the field to collaborate on strategies that will make this goal a reality. If we work together, we can end hunger in our state and provide every Marylander with the opportunity
to succeed and thrive.”
Eliminating childhood hunger in Maryland is one of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s 15 strategic goals. Since 2007, average daily participation in the National School Lunch Program
has increased by 23 and average daily participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased by 27 percent. To continue this progress, the Governor’s FY 2013 budget Maryland doubled the annual grant to the Maryland Food Bank to $2 million and more than
doubled state funding for Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Since 2007, 36 percent more Maryland students are eating breakfast at school and 25 percent more are eating lunch at school. Participation in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program has increased
by 80 percent since the program began in 2009. Maryland’s summer meals program has hundreds of sites across the state to reach kids when school is closed during the summer months. Since 2007, participation in the summer meals program has increased 29 percent.
Lt. Governor Brown to Give Opening Remarks at Maryland Food Bank 2012 Hunger Action Symposium
WHERE: New Psalmist Baptist Church
6020 Marion Drive
WHEN: Tomorrow, FRIDAY, September 14, 2012, 8:30 AM