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Govanstowne Farmers’ Market hosts Baltimore launch of USDA’s free summer meals program for low-income children

| By Nick Alexopulos
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes lauded the efforts of Loyola's York Road Initiative to increase food access in the Govanstowne community.

The Govanstowne Farmers’ Market is now offering free, nutritious meals to low-income children who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year but have limited access to food during the summer months. The free meals are made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, available locally at two Baltimore farmers markets—Govanstowne and Pigtown—through a partnership among the markets, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and the Maryland Farmers Market Association. On Aug. 5, 2015, Govanstowne hosted the press conference and celebration to announce the program’s launch. Speakers included U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Md. Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder, Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, leadership from Maryland Hunger Solutions and the Maryland Farmers Market Association, and Govanstowne market manager Marie Anderson. Representatives from the USDA and Family League of Baltimore were also in attendance.

Now in its fifth season, the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market makes local, fresh produce and prepared food available in the Govanstowne community in support of its mission to eliminate food deserts, support local business, and provide a positive space for community building. The market is open Wednesdays from 3 – 7 p.m. through Sept. 30, 2015, in the parking lot of Loyola University Maryland’s Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd.

The market is organized by Loyola University Maryland's York Road Initiative. More information about the market is available at

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