Local organizations tackle food insecurity for students as summer approaches
MARYLAND.- One in six Maryland children won’t always know where their next meal will come from. As the school year comes to an end, worries grow even more.
Despite this, organizations like Mid-Shore Meals til Monday say they’re closing the gap on hunger, sending students home healthy and easy meal options in Dorchester County. “It’s so hard to think there’s kids that go hungry and anything that anyone can do to help with this problem is always great appreciated,” said Director Leslie Bishop.
Director Leslie Bishops says that prior to the pandemic, about 20% of students in DCPS were food insecure, a number she’s say is now close to 25%.
As the summer approaches, the organization expects to feed even more students as summer enrollment has increased. “So we see that there’s over 1200 students that would be considered food insecure and we try to reach everyone of them that needs food,” said Bishop
Other organizations like Emmanuel Adopt- A -Block Outreach are tackling the issue as well. Over the current school year, the organization provided 300 meals for over seven Wicomico County Schools each and every Friday. They also started the REMIND app, where families are able to text and contact the organization directly to get food delivered. “Nobody in Wicomico County should go hungry. There’s too many food pantries and we as Adopt-a-Block want to be at the forefront making families have what they need,” said Director of Emmanuel Adopt-A-Block Outreach Rev. Mark Thompson.
Focusing on more nutritional options, they tell 47ABC their efforts will stay strong through the summer. Thompson also says it’s not just the children they’re focused on.. “We not only want to serve the students that are in our district, we also want to serve the family. You just can’t have the children fed and the families are starving,” said Thompson.
Meals till Monday also created a Feeding Our Community Book dedicated to the children of Dorchester County with pictures of volunteers out serving the community and kids showing their smiling faces.
The organization also partners with the Salvation Army of the Midshore, where they house their distribution services.