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SALISBURY, Md. – With schools coming to a close this month, the Maryland Food Bank will begin operating its Summer Club Program in late June to help bridge the gap for children who will lose access to the free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch programs they rely on during the school year.

MFB Summer Clubs will provide roughly 180,000 meals at more than 55 sites across the Eastern Shore and central Maryland, ensuring Maryland children have access to nutritious food all summer long.

“Our Summer Clubs are instrumental in providing a steady stream of healthy food to kids who might otherwise go hungry during the long summer months,” said Maryland Food Bank President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio.

“Between the added costs of child care and an already over-extended food budget, we know many families have a tough time making ends meet during the summer. But with the help of Summer Clubs, kids all over Maryland can stay on track and return to school in the fall ready to learn.”

MFB Summer Clubs are held at recreation centers, faith-based organizations, and other agencies with strong ties to the community and a variety of activities that keep kids engaged during the summer, when crime rates historically rise. These Summer Clubs are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, which provides low-income children free breakfast and lunches that adhere to strict USDA guidelines. Most of these meals will be prepared in the food bank’s Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring kids get the nutrients needed to stay healthy throughout the summer.

You can find a list of the eligibility requirements, locations in each county and instructions on how to apply here.

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