Since 2013, Food for Thought (FFT) Baltimore County has led the effort to eliminate food insecurity as a barrier to education and the successful future of all Baltimore County Public School students.
In Baltimore County, there are more than 3,000 homeless students in the public school system. During the school week, these student have access to at least one meal per day; however, on weekends and extended breaks from school, these students are not guaranteed access to nutritious food. Their situation is considered “food insecure,” meaning their access to nutritious food is chronically unstable.
According to Share Our Strength’s No Kids Hungry Campaign, 77% of teachers say that addressing childhood hunger should be a national priority. Children who do not have enough food to eat are distracted, display behavioral problems, and complain of headaches and stomachaches in school. Hunger at a young age is a major obstacle to learning and to future success in life. Hunger reduces a child’s social capital and perpetuates a cycle of poverty.
We ensure that all BCPS students who need nutrition support receive it. We do this by:
Raising awareness of the need through community and partner education
Matching schools with community partners to provide supplemental weeked nutrition to BCPS students
Providing resources to support the school-community partner relationship
Engaging the civic and business community in responding to the urgent issue of student hunger