Many low-income families in Baltimore City struggle with stability, due to a lack of access to services and resources needed to meet basic needs, particularly in areas of nutrition and mental health. Childhood hunger is prevalent; the U.S. food insecurity rate for household with children is 21% with 10.7% of food insecure household with child reporting reduced quantity and quality of food for their children. In Baltimore City, 13.5% of all households report food insecurity and a Baltimore City Health Department survey conducted in 2009 found that 23% of all respondents reported being concerned about not having enough food in the past 30 days. Additionally, 36.5% of children in Baltimore City live below the poverty line and during the 2014-15 school year 84% of children in Baltimore City were eligible for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Programs. After the passage of recent Community Eligibility Provision legislation, the district has been able to qualify all students as being in need of free meals, and as such 100% of Baltimore City Public School students are now considered eligible.
 Baltimore City Health Department, Presentation on Food Insecurity
 Maryland Poverty Profiles, 2016, Maryland Alliance for the Poor