Help Maryland Kids Enjoy a Hunger-Free SummerFree and reduced-price school meals disappear each summer for hundreds of thousands of Maryland kids. Summer Clubs help bring them back. Help Us
What are Summer Clubs?
Our Summer Club Program helps feed children who would otherwise receive free and reduced-price school meals during the school year.
Summer Clubs are held during the summer at established community organizations, where children feel happy and safe. In between arts and crafts, sports and other activities, children receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches.
All meals are made fresh daily by professional Maryland Food Bank chefs in the Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, using local produce and other nutritious ingredients.
Summer Club meals receive federal and strictly adhere to USDA nutritional guidelines. The program is part of MFB Kids™, an initiative sponsored by Giant that provides children with the nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong.
Offering a safe space, friends and fun, Summer Clubs ensure that kids can be kids during the summer months.
Summer Childhood Hunger Facts
Summer can actually be can be the most challenging time of year for Maryland children. Did you know:
- Childhood hunger is most acute during the summer, according to the USDA
- Nationwide, nearly 22 million kids count on school meal programs — yet fewer than 1 in 6 have access to summer meal programs
- Many kids also lose access to physical education programs and extracurricular activities during the summer
- After a summer without adequate nutrition or physical activity, students return to school disadvantaged and poised for failure.
Join Summer Club
Contact a Maryland Food Bank program coordinator today to learn about Summer Clubs located near you, or to explore potential partnership options.
Learn More About Summer Clubs
The “Outstanding Partner” award-winning Sandy Hill Elementary School has been an MFB partner since 2021, serving the Cambridge community in Dorchester County. Their partnership with Mid-Shore Meals ’til Monday means that schoolchildren and their families have enough to eat in the evenings and over the weekends when they lose access to school food.
We Need Your Help
Programs, campaigns, and educational outreach at the Maryland Food Bank has always relied on the philanthropic support of charitable individuals like you.
Much like our food distribution efforts, outreach activities at the Maryland Food Bank rely on generous donations of money and time.
We hope you’ll consider a contribution.