EASTON — With schools closing for the summer, the Maryland Food Bank will start operating its Summer Club Program in late June to help provide children free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs.

MFB Summer Clubs will provide roughly 180,000 meals at more than 55 sites across the Eastern Shore and central Maryland, ensuring 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 Carmen Del Guercio, Maryland Food Bank president and CEO. “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.”

The MFB Summer Club program provides breakfast and lunch for children who traditionally rely on free and reduced-price school meals programs during the school year. Summer Clubs are located strategically in low-income communities at schools and community-based organizations like the Boys & Girls Club.

With support from Giant Food, MFB School Pantries, Supper Clubs, and Summer Clubs provide children with the necessary nutrition to grow healthy and strong — in school, after school and out of school.

The MFB is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. Children who are part of households that receive benefits through the Food Supplement Program or Temporary Cash Assistance are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

(To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet income guidelines listed below for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.)

The following SFSP Income Eligibility Guidelines are effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Household of one person earning $22,459/year, $1,872/month, $432/week; Household of two earning $30,451/year, $2,538/month, $586/week; household of three earning $38,443/year, $3,204/month, $740/week; household of four earning $46,435/year, $3,870/month, $893/week; household of five earning $54,427/year, $4,536/month, $1,047/week; household of six earning $62,419/year, $5,202/month, $1,201/week; household of seven earning $70,411/year, $5,868/month, $1,355/week; household of eight earning $78,403/year, $6,534/month and $1,508 per week.

For each additional family member add $7,992/year, $666/month and $154/week.

MFB summer club meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis at the following sites and times on the Mid-Shore:

Caroline County: Laurel Grove Apartments from June 24 to August 8, Monday through Thursday. No breakfast offered, lunch served from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Dorchester County: Community Behavioral Health from June 24 to August 9, Monday through Thursday. Breakfast served 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. New Beginnings from July 1 to August 23, Monday through Thursday. Breakfast served from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Empowerment Center from July 8 to August 15, Monday through Thursday. Breakfast served at 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch served 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Queen Anne’s County: Community Behavioral Health from June 24 to August 9, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Breakfast served 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No lunch served. Sudlersville Family Center from June 24 to August 26, Monday through Thursday. No breakfast served. Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Talbot County: Neighborhood Service Center from June 24 to July 26, Monday through Friday. Breakfast served from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., lunch served from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The MFB is a non profit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For 40 years, the MFB has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 102,000 meals per day — over 37 million meals annually — the MFB will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.

To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit www.mdfoodbank.org.

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