As Maryland Sees Four-Fold Increase in SNAP Applications Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic, No Kid Hungry Calls on Congress to Respond to Growing Need

June 22, 2020

As Maryland Sees Four-Fold Increase in SNAP Applications Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic, No Kid Hungry Calls on Congress to Respond to Growing Need

Contact: Johanna Elsemore, jelsemore@strength.org

June 22, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD – New data just released from the Maryland Department of Human Services shows a more than 400% increase in the number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications received in April of this year, as compared to March. In both Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, the increase in SNAP applications was upwards of 600%. Both Charles and Baltimore Counties also experienced more than four times the increase in applications. In Howard, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties, the number of applications more than tripled. Every county across the state saw an increase in need, with nearly 150,000 applications received in April.

The following is a statement from Tam Lynne Kelley, No Kid Hungry Maryland Senior Manager:

“The coronavirus is a health crisis as well as a financial one for Maryland families, as thousands are facing unemployment. Across our state, nearly a million people may face hunger this year, many for the first time. The unprecedented level of need is evidenced in the long lines at food banks and the recent four-fold increase in applications for SNAP. One of the best ways to feed kids is by ensuring their families have sufficient resources to afford food. SNAP achieves this efficiently and effectively, while also boosting our local economy.

As families and individuals across the country continue to feel the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis, hunger groups are uniting to urge Congress to strengthen and expand SNAP in the next coronavirus relief package:

  • Increase the maximum SNAP benefit by at least 15% to respond to increased food costs.

  • Increase the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 per person, per month, as Maryland has already done for residents over age 62.

  • Expand access to the SNAP Restaurant Meals Program to allow SNAP benefits to be used to purchase prepared food – a sensible policy change that will provide much needed support to our local restaurants.

  • Extend the new Pandemic EBT program (P-EBT), which supports families with children that depend on free or reduced-priced school meals.”

On June 24th, No Kid Hungry will lead a National Day of Action on SNAP to tell leaders in Congress that #SNAPFeedsKids. It will take place across our social media channels, rallying the nation to demand relief for hungry kids and families. Find resources to join this call to action in this social media toolkit.

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Read the full statement here: SNAP Enrollment Statement 6 22 20 (pdf)

 

The Growing Need Across Maryland

 

SNAP Applications Received in March 2020

SNAP Applications Received in April 2020

% Increase in SNAP Applications from March to April 2020

Children with SNAP (March 2020)

Children Eligible for P-EBT (19-20 SY)

Allegany
432
636
47%
4,370
4,726
Anne Arundel
2,253
9,163
307%
14,206
27,078
Baltimore City
5,376
40,442
652%
53,699
79,359
Baltimore Co
4,445
25,212
467%
37,682
51,108
Calvert
453
1,118
147%
2,249
3,148
Caroline
147
432
194%
2,176
3,120
Carroll
406
777
91%
3,099
4,959
Cecil
588
958
63%
4,836
6,598
Charles
749
4,918
557%
6,182
10,040
Dorchester
360
987
174%
2,786
4,730
Frederick
769
1,787
132%
6,543
11,165
Garrett
107
144
35%
1,139
1,855
Harford
1,197
3,340
179%
7,931
11,542
Howard
864
3,660
324%
7,106
13,300
Kent
144
191
33%
869
1,087
Montgomery
2,244
9,476
322%
21,806
55,873
Prince George’s
5,206
38,087
632%
35,797
82,078
Queen Anne’s
178
438
146%
1,200
1,919
Saint Mary’s
470
1,355
188%
4,223
5,818
Somerset
177
499
182%
1,971
2,905
Talbot
144
371
158%
1,459
2,204
Washington
881
2,059
134%
8,514
11,160
Wicomico
783
2,579
229%
7,111
8,707
Worcester
383
717
87%
2,201
2,816
Statewide
28,756
149,346
419%
239,155
 467,000

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 7 kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org