Baltimore, MD

City commits $26 million to mitigate food insecurity caused by COVID-19

Kaleah Mcilwain

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Baltimore City has committed an additional $11 million toward providing nutritional security for those in need, bringing the total funding to $26 million.

The additional funding will go toward continuing the distribution of free produce boxes, SNAP fruit and vegetable incentives, more nutrition incentives at farmers markets, MedStar Harbor Hospital’s Good Food Rx program and Baltimore’s Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy.

Due to the pandemic food insecurity rates increased from 18% to 21.7% in Baltimore City with 33% of children being food insecure, according to the mayor's office news release.

Funding for this initiative comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which provided $641 million to the City of Baltimore in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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