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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - MD: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

More than 750,000 Marylanders don't have enough to eat and volunteers are helping to end that by participating in a food drive. (AAR.)

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BALTIMORE – There are more than 750,000 people in Maryland who don't know where their next meal is coming from, and according to AARP many of them are older residents who have to decide between paying their electricity bill, buying prescription medications or purchasing food. Volunteers from

Volunteers at the National Mall will pack one million meals for the hungry. Credit: USDA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - An army of volunteers, including a busload from Baltimore, will fill the National Mall tomorrow to prepare one million meals for the Capital Area Food Bank. It's an AARP project for A Celebration of Service, with many of the meals going to seniors, veterans and first responders

Three farmers markets in Baltimore have partnered with the Summer Food Service Program to dish up healthy food and nutrition education for children. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

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BALTIMORE - Fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs - and kids - are the stars of the party for National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 2-8) in Maryland. At an event today, at the Govanstowne Farmers Market, a new partnership is being celebrated where farmers markets are also Summer Food Service Program sites.

More than 800,000 students in schools across Maryland are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. While not just for students, the Hear the Maryland Crunch Initiative is intended to promote school breakfast. Credit: Sipa/Pixabay.com.

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BALTIMORE - More than 800,000 students in school districts across Maryland, along with Catholic schools in Baltimore, are set to take a synchronized crunch into an apple at 9:15 Wednesday morning. The Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative promotes school breakfast, along with the message that every c

GRAPHIC: A new report ranks Maryland in the top ten for its rate of school breakfast participation among low-income students. Graphic courtesy of Food Research and Action Center.

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BALTIMORE - Maryland has moved up to ninth - from 14th last year - in the new School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center. States were ranked on their rates of getting breakfast to low-income children at school. Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, said

PHOTO: Maryland schools in high-poverty areas are taking part in a new program that allows them to serve no-charge, nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students. Administrators report the program is running smoothly. Photo courtesy of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

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SALISBURY, Md. - A new program offering breakfast and lunch in school at no charge is now in place for all public schools in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore, and in about a dozen schools in Washington County in the western portion of the state. According to the federal Community Eligibility Pr

PHOTO: Maryland Hunger Solutions has joined several anti-hunger groups in backing federal legislation that would expand summer meal availability. Photo courtesy of USDA Summer Food Service Program.

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BALTIMORE - Anti-hunger organizations want next summer to be the best possible summer for low-income kids, and are backing the new federal Summer Meals Act of 2014 in order to further that goal. The bill would expand access to nutritious meals in high-poverty areas. Maryland Hunger Solutions' direc

PHOTO: It's a crunch that will be heard around the state for today's Maryland Day. Students and residents are encouraged to bite into an apple at 10 a.m. to raise awareness about the importance of school breakfast. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

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BALTIMORE - Taking a bite out of hunger will be heard around the state today for Maryland Day. More than 150,000 Marylanders have promised to join schoolchildren for a synchronized "crunch" as they taste apples at 10 a.m., as Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, explained. "We

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