Mobile Meals Bring Healthy Foods to Kids Facing Hunger

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A public-private partnership with AHD, Equity Management, Share Our Strength, and Prince George's County Public Schools has created a solution for hungry children at Penn Mar Apartments in Forestville, MD. Children have been receiving free, daily lunches on days when they are not in summer school.

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“The summer meals program is a win-win all around. It fills a need for healthy summer meals for over twenty children at Penn Mar Apartments.” said Duncan Ferguson, Director of Resident Services.

Children who receive free and reduced price school breakfasts and lunches often face an increased risk of hunger in the summer months. A public-private partnership led by national anti-childhood hunger nonprofit Share Our Strength has created a solution at Penn Mar Apartments in Forestville, MD. Children have been receiving free, daily lunches on days when they are not in summer school.

The program is the result of a collaboration of AHD/Equity Management Joint Venture, the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the County Executive’s office, the State Senator’s office and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. The staff at Penn Mar Apartments supervises these daily lunches and has seen tremendous success with this program.

"The summer meals program is a win-win all around. It fills a need for healthy summer meals for over twenty children at Penn Mar Apartments. Our staff gets the added benefit of getting to know some of our wonderful kids better, and our kids get to hang out together in a supervised environment. We and our residents are thankful to all the organizations that help make this a reality!" said Duncan Ferguson, Director of Resident Services, and Equity Management.

AHD/Equity Management JV has several other properties in Prince Georges County participating in the summer meals program.

An event is planned in August to recognize and celebrate the collaboration between the participating organizations.
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AHD specializes in the development of affordable housing, both new and rehabilitation for middle, moderate, and low income households. AHD develops housing in partnerships with for profit and non- profit entities. Since 1989 AHD has initiated and directed more than 4,000 affordable dwellings for seniors and families in three different states.

Equity Management is a leading property management firm, specializing in affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic area with over 9,000 units under management in 7 states. The firm was recently recognized as the 57th largest manager of affordable housing by NAHMA (National Affordable Housing Management Association). This is the 5th consecutive year Equity Management has been named to the Top 100 list. Equity Management has experienced rapid growth and has a wide range of management services to help investors meet their needs.

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