Nutrition Assistance

% Increase in SNAP Participants:

Percent increase in average monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously known as food stamps) participants in Maryland from 2010 to 2011, by county.

Data sources: Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources.

% SNAP Participation (County):

The percentage of population in Maryland that redeemed their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (previously known as food stamps), by county.  The population numbers were derived from the 2007 to 2011 Multi-Year American Community Survey 5 year Estimates.  The SNAP participant numbers were from 2012 and were obtained from the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Data Sources: Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources, 2013.

% SNAP Participation (Zip Code):

The percentage of population in Maryland that redeemed their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (previously known as food stamps), by zip code.  The population numbers were derived from the 2007 to 2011 Multi-Year American Community Survey 5 year Estimates.  The SNAP participant numbers were from 2012 and were obtained from the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Data Sources:   Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources, 2013.

% SNAP Participation Among Low-Income (County):

These participation rates show the percentage of the population in Maryland that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (previously known as food stamps), by zip code, but among those that are eligible, i.e. they have an income low enough to qualify for benefits. Thus these rates show penetration of SNAP usage among those people eligible to redeem them, versus the total population.

Data Source: Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources, 2013.

% SNAP Participation Among Low-Income (Zip Code):

These participation rates show the percentage of the population in Maryland that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (previously known as food stamps), by zip code, but among those that are eligible, i.e. they have an income low enough to qualify for benefits. Thus these rates show penetration of SNAP usage among those people eligible to redeem them, versus the total population.

Data Source: Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources, 2013.

Avg Monthly # SNAP Participants:

Average monthly number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously known as food stamps) participants in Maryland in 2011, by county.

Data sources: Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Maryland Meals for Achievement:

Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) is a classroom breakfast program originally started in 1998.  Schools that participate in the program offer school breakfast in the classroom each morning.  Any school that participates in the federal School Breakfast Program and has at least 40% of its student population approved for free or reduced-price meals can apply to be a Maryland Meals for Achievement school.

Both schools that participated in MMFA and schools that were eligible for MMFA but did not participate, during the 2012-2013 school year, are highlighted on the map

Data Source:  Maryland Hunger Solutions, 2013

Pantry and Free Meal Sites:

Religious institutions, schools, community centers, and other locations that make canned, frozen, fresh, and/or prepared foods available on an emergency basis to people in need.

Food pantries provide free or reduced priced groceries intended for home preparation. Free meal sites serve prepared meals meant to be eaten onsite or deliver ready-to-eat meals directly to the client’s home.

Data Sources:

-Baltimore City Planning Department, 2011
-Maryland Department of Human Resources Service Action and Information Link (SAIL)
-Baltimore Orchard Project
-Family League of Baltimore City
-End Hunger Calvert County
-Maryland Food Bank (Main Branch, Eastern Shore, and West Branch)
-Southern Maryland Food Bank
-United Way of Central Maryland
-Personal contact with food bank, pantry, and free meal site staff
-Pantry and free meal site websites and Facebook Pages

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Sites:

Sites in Maryland, during the 2012 – 2013 school year, where an operating afterschool program served meals through the Afterschool Meal Program.

Data Source:  Maryland Hunger Solutions, 2013.

School Free and Reduced Price Meal Sites:

Schools in Maryland, during the 2012 – 2013 school year, where at least 50% or more of the student population qualified for free or reduced price meals.

Data Source:  Maryland Hunger Solutions, 2013.

SNAP Retailers:

Food stores that are certified to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT payments (previously known as food stamps) in Maryland, December 2011.

Data source: United States Department of Agriculture (www.snapretailerlocator.com).

Summer Food Service Program Sites:

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

SFSP sites that were open during summer 2013, offering breakfast, lunch, breakfast and lunch, or supper are highlighted on the map.

Data Source:  Maryland Hunger Solutions, 2013

WIC Offices:

Sites in Maryland that provide supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5.

Data Source:  The Maryland WIC Program www.mdwic.org, 2013.