For the Spring 2022 semester, HLWG has decided to focus on the impact of food insecurity on our campus. According to a study chaired by Maryland State Senator Mary Washington in 2021, "nearly 100,000 Maryland college students were fighting food insecurity even before the pandemic added more financial strain." Subsequently, in May 2021 Maryland passed the Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program to address student hunger and basic food needs on campus; requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to administer the Program, develop a certain form, and designate certain campuses as hunger-free campuses; authorizing certain public institutions of higher education to develop certain procedures and make certain information publicly available.
Swipe Out Hunger, the leading national organization in ending food insecurity on college campuses, advises colleges and universities on the design of commonsense and innovative anti-hunger programs. It has established similar programs at over 130 campuses and provided over two million nutritious meals across 40 states.
Food insecurity is the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. This can range from lack of quality and variety in one's diet all the way to consistent hunger and decreased food intake.
Food deserts can often contribute to food insecurity.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's Maryland Food System Map
Baltimore Hunger Project--Healthy Food Priority Areas
UMD--How Drones Could Conquer Food Deserts
Maryland foodbank--Hunger in Maryland
University of Maryland Medical System Announces $1.2 Million Commitment To Address Food Insecurity