Food Security network

Hood College’s Frederick Food Security Network received $10,000 from the Ausherman Family Foundation for a hydroponic garden to grow produce year-round.

To-go meals available for FCPS

students starting Aug. 31

Frederick County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services will provide “to-go” breakfast and lunch at 26 schools starting Aug. 31.

Meals will be provided based on a student’s eligibility. Students normally eligible for free meals will receive them at no cost. Students eligible for reduced price meals will be require to pay the reduced price to receive meals. Students not eligible for free or reduced price meals will pay full price for their meals. Meals will be available to all children enrolled at an FCPS school.

The meal service lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the following schedule:

  • Mondays — to-go breakfasts and lunches provided for Monday and Tuesday
  • Tuesdays — Kitchens closed
  • Wednesdays — to-go breakfasts and lunches provided for Wednesday and Thursday
  • Thursdays — Kitchens closed
  • Fridays — to-go breakfasts and lunches provided for Friday

Meals won’t be provided on Labor Day, but kitchens will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 8 to provide “to-go” breakfast and lunch for Tuesday.

Meals will be available at the following schools:

Ballenger Creek Elementary, Brunswick Elementary, Butterfly Ridge Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Emmitsburg Elementary, Glade Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Monocacy Elementary, North Frederick Elementary, New Market Elementary, Oakdale Elementary, Orchard Grove Elementary, Spring Ridge Elementary, Sugarloaf Elementary, Twin Ridge Elementary, Waverley Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Brunswick Middle, Crestwood Middle, Thurmont Middle, Windsor Knolls Middle, Frederick High, Gov. Thomas Johnson High, Middletown High and Walkersville High.

A student ID number must be presented for each student.

Hood College receives

$10,000 for food security network

Hood College’s food security network program received $10,000 to help grow more produce, the college announced Friday.

The funding comes from the Ausherman Family Foundation for the Frederick Food Security Network’s project “Growing Year-Round for Frederick Food Security.”

The funding will be used to create a hydroponic system for growing produce in one of the FFSN’s greenhouses. The system uses water containing dissolved nutrients instead of soil to grow plants year-round, according to a press release from the college. The water allows for the temperature to be better regulated throughout the year. The Frederick Food Security Network distributed nearly 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Frederick community in 2019. It has already distributed 2,500 pounds in 2020, marking the increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March and May 2020, the FFSN saw a 60 percent increase in the number of families receiving free produce from the FFSN, and 40 percent of those recipients were new.

“The ripple effects of the pandemic will be felt for months to come, and as we move into the fall and winter, the FFSN anticipates the need for free produce will continue to increase,” interim manager of the FFSN Claire Hudson said in a news release. “To meet this demand, the FFSN feels it is important to improve our growing space in the greenhouses to support the community year-round. We see the application of year-round hydroponic production as a method that will address a portion of that need.”

— Staff reports

— Allen Etzler

Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at

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