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Maryland receives federal grant to fight hunger

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland is receiving a federal grant to help fight hunger.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $5 million in grants for 14 communities in eight states on Wednesday.

The Maryland Governor’s Office for Children will receive $923,812 to increase participation in the National School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to children in the summer.

The grant also will improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

According to federal Agriculture Department data from 2008, nearly 10 percent of households in Maryland face a constant struggle against hunger.