Maryland has been focused on connecting children and families to federal nutrition programs and ending childhood hunger. The "No Kid Hungry" campaign started in Maryland in 2008 through Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit whose mission it is to end childhood hunger. The campaign connects children and youth in need with nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
Harford County food insecurity is at 8% compared to 11% of Maryland based on the Robert Wood Johnson 2018 County Health Ranking. The County is also at 4% compared to 3% of Maryland with limited access to healthy foods. In Harford County, there has been an increase since 2010 of Free and Reduced meals in the schools for children. The schools with the highest enrollment are located in the Route 40 cooridor, an area with the highest poverty. Participation in the school breakfast program in 2015-2016 school year was 49%.
In FY18 and FY19 the program has met target goals and participants have provided positive feedback about the program. The biggest challenge was transporation for clients. Several clients either cannot drive, do not own a vehicle, and clients that do have vehicles can barely afford gas. The location of the program was moved in FY19 to another Harford Community Action agency building were there is bus service.