Why Hunger Stalks Maryland's Schoolchildren
We begin today with a conversation about hunger in Maryland. Elliot Jaspin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written a multipart series for the online news journal Maryland Matters about the scope of the problem, which persists not just in poor neighborhoods in Baltimore City, but in places like Anne Arundel County.
Jaspin points out that Anne Arundel is one of the richest counties in our state, which is itself the richest state in the country. Yet the number of children in Anne Arundel County who are eligible for a free school lunch has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, up 81%. Jaspin looked into why that is, and the result is a revelatory and assiduously reported series, which you can read here.
Elliot Jaspin joins Tom in Studio A. Also joining us is Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, a not-for-profit organization advocating in the Maryland General Assembly for legislative remedies to the problem of hunger.
We live-streamed this conversation on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here.