With Summer Underway, Hungry Students A Big Concern - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

With Summer Underway, Hungry Students A Big Concern

Posted: Updated:

MARYLAND – School is officially out for much of the Eastern Shore, and although for many it's a time to enjoy some care-free time off, for some youngsters, their worries are just beginning.

Hundreds of students who get free or reduced meals during the year are facing more than two months without the program, and this year, the need may be worse than ever before.

This summer, the Eastern Shore Food Bank blames the increased need on this past winter. Officials say they normally see a short break in need between the months of February through April, but this year they did not have a break, averaging about 10,000 meals daily.

Now, the food bank is gearing up for almost an additional 1,500 meals every day for children up to age 18, at 30 different sites from Caroline County all the way to Somerset.

"Some children have no idea where the next meal is coming from and it becomes a pressure for the parent," says Jennifer Small, managing director at the Eastern Shore Food Bank. "We're trying to figure out ways to engage the community, raise more awareness to raise more funds so that we can put more food out and hopefully help the parents."

In Wicomico County alone, 60 percent of students rely on their schools' free or reduced meals. During the summer, the district has their own feeding program to tackle the need, which includes breakfast and/or lunch at summer school programs and various camps and church groups.

"When they qualify for those meals and when they're not coming to school they're still hungry," says Eric Goslee, food service supervisor with Wicomico County Public Schools. "We have some children that some meals that they get on Friday is the last good meal until they come back to school for breakfast on Monday. Our goal is to reach those that do have the need."

However, for the food bank, their biggest concern is still having enough.

"If the sites and organizations don't have enough staff to support it they're not able to take on additional children," says Small. "Having enough food is always a concern, we're constantly wondering how we are going to have enough food resources to meet the need, and the need grows every single year, and the food donations decline every single year."

While the food bank's summer feeding program has grown immensely over the past few years, Small says they still have a long way to go. She hopes that they can eventually bring a feeding program down at the Eastern Shore location, so they do not have to bring the resources from Baltimore.

The best way to help the food bank is through volunteering, or donations of food or money. For more information on how you can help, and for the list of feeding sites this summer, visit their website.

For other locations across Maryland, including Wicomico County Public School sites, visit the Maryland Summer Meals website.

  • ContestsMore>>

  • VP Shoes Back to School Contest

    VP Shoes Back to School Contest

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:02:20 GMT
    Winner announced on WMDT 47 News at 12PM on 8/22/14 No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning dependent on number of entries received. Contest Dates: August 15, 2014 – AugustMore >>
    Winner announced on WMDT 47 News at 12PM on 8/22/14 No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning dependent on number of entries received. Contest Dates: August 15, 2014 – AugustMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Dover Shooting Suspect Arrested

    UPDATE: Dover Shooting Suspect Arrested

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:39:06 GMT
    DOVER, Del. - The suspect who was wanted in connection to a Sunday afternoon shooting, is now in custody. Dover Police say The Wilmington Police found 34-year-old Aaron Brown near West 4th Street and Rodney Street for reports of suspicious activity. According to the report, Brown gave the Wilmington Officer a fake name, and said that he did not have any identification on him. An investigation revealed that Brown was lying, what his real name was, and that he was wanted by Dover Police.More >>
    DOVER, Del. - The suspect who was wanted in connection to a Sunday afternoon shooting, is now in custody. Dover Police say The Wilmington Police found 34-year-old Aaron Brown near West 4th Street and Rodney Street for reports of suspicious activity. According to the report, Brown gave the Wilmington Officer a fake name, and said that he did not have any identification on him. An investigation revealed that Brown was lying, what his real name was, and that he was wanted by Dover Police.
    More >>
  • Big And Rich Concert In Harrington Cancelled

    Big And Rich Concert In Harrington Cancelled

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:21:17 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. - A big name concert that was headed to a local venue, has been cancelled. Harrington Raceway and Casino says due to scheduling conflicts Friday's Big and Rich concert featuring Cowboy Troy with special guests Lonestar, has been cancelled. The event was set to take place on August 22nd, at the MT Bank Grandstand. ETIX has reportedly told all ticket buyers about how to claim a refund. Harrington Raceway and Casino says they regret any inconvenience due to the cancellation.More >>
    HARRINGTON, Del. - A big name concert that was headed to a local venue, has been cancelled. Harrington Raceway and Casino says due to scheduling conflicts Friday's Big and Rich concert featuring Cowboy Troy with special guests Lonestar, has been cancelled. The event was set to take place on August 22nd, at the MT Bank Grandstand. ETIX has reportedly told all ticket buyers about how to claim a refund. Harrington Raceway and Casino says they regret any inconvenience due to the cancellation.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Wanted Ocean Pines Man Apprehended

    UPDATE: Wanted Ocean Pines Man Apprehended

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:30:54 GMT
    WORCESTER CO., Md. - Police say they have arrested a man who was wanted on assault charges.More >>
    WORCESTER CO., Md. - Police say they have arrested a man who was wanted on assault charges.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Good 'Ole Boy Foundation Grants Young Boy's Wishes

    Good 'Ole Boy Foundation Grants Young Boy's Wishes

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:10:30 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- Liam like many five year- olds has no shortage of smiles, and plenty of love.However, when most other little boys are playing at this age, little Liam spent the last couple years fighting for his life.More >>
    MILLSBORO, Del.- Liam like many five year olds has no shortage of smiles, and plenty of love.
    However, when most other little boys are playing at this age, little Liam spent the last couple years fighting for his life.
    More >>
  • Delmarva Restaurateur In Critical Condition

    Delmarva Restaurateur In Critical Condition

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:50:19 GMT
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
  • Seashore Highway Dangers

    Seashore Highway Dangers

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:33:27 GMT
    BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- It's route 404, commonly known as Seashore Highway. Apparently, it's the site of a number of traffic accidents, and concerned residents reached out to 47ABC.More >>
    BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- It's route 404 -- commonly known as Seashore Highway.     Apparently -- it's the site of a number of traffic accidents.     These concerned residents reached out to 47 ABC to get someMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.