Thirteen percent of American households, 42.2 million people including 13.1 million children, are considered food insecure.

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Food insecurity is defined as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

The United Way National Capital region wants to help change that statistic. Their solution to the problem is meal programs.

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Here is a list of schools that participate in the United Way Backpack Program:

1. Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Alexandria, VA)

  • 1,400 Students
  • 150 supported (about 10 percent)
  • 74 percent of students qualify
  • Nearly an 850 student gap

2. Kelly Miller Middle School (Washington, D.C.):

  • Enrollment - 546
  • Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals - 100 percent

3. William Wirt Middle School (Prince George’s County, MD)

  • Enrollment – 953
  • UW supports – 125 (about 13 percent)
  • 86.2 percent qualify
  • Nearly 694 student gap

4. John H. Johnson Middle School (Washington, D.C.)

  • Enrollment - 291
  • UW supports – 120
  • 100% qualify
  • Gap of 171 students

Depending on support and funding, the United Way is working to also expand to these schools:

5. Cardozo Education Campus (Washington, D.C.)

6. Kelly Miller Middle School (Washington, D.C.)

7. Kramer Middle School (Washington, D.C.)

8. Brookland Middle School (Washington, D.C.)

9. Hyattsville Middle School (Prince George’s County, MD)

10. Nicholas Orem Middle School (Prince George’s County, MD)

11. Loiderman Middle School (Montgomery County, MD)

12. Walt Whitman Middle School (Fairfax County, VA)

With the help of donations, they hope to potentially expand the program to eight more schools.

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