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Mission Statement

Baltimore Hunger Project is dedicated to eliminating the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger by feeding bodies and minds. We are bridging the gap between Friday and Monday by consistently providing weekend food packages to children identified as food insecure, in a compassionate and dignified manner. We raise awareness about the effects of hunger by establishing partnerships with community members, other organizations, and decision makers.

Strengthen Bodies

By responding to acute needs of the children in our community, we are working to meet their nutritional needs and reduce their experience of hunger.

Empower Minds

By offering educational resources to children and families in need, we are supporting lasting food security with the ultimate goal to break the cycle of poverty.

Build Communities

By fostering a shared understanding, we are nurturing beneficial partnerships among individuals, corporations, and schools.

Our History

After years of providing thousands of lunches to homeless women and children from her garage and giving back to Baltimore in varying other ways, founder Lynne B. Kahn, realized that solving poverty is complex, but feeding children is not. With dedicated volunteers, Baltimore Hunger Project (BHP) has been keeping kids full and in the classroom since November 2014. In its earliest days, BHP served 30 children in two elementary schools. Today, BHP is providing over 450 meals to children across fifteen Baltimore City and Baltimore County schools.

Baltimore Hunger Project works closely with social workers and guidance counselors at each partner school to identify and reach out to students and families in need. Since our food packages are discreetly tucked into the children’s backpacks, we can ensure the children receiving the food maintain their dignity and privacy. Along with their school partners, BHP measures success through assessment tools and other outcome measures.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Baltimore Hunger Project is comprised of six members who have extensive not-for-profit, education, financial and legal, board management and fundraising experience. One hundred percent of the Board contributes to Baltimore Hunger Project’s fundraising efforts.

Lynne B. Kahn is a Certified Public Accountant with 27 years’ experience in tax in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has served on the Gilman School Board of Trustees from 2014-2016 and continues to serve on several board committees. Lynne serves as the Chair of the Baltimore County Food Policy Task Force. She also serves as a Board Member of the Donald Bentley Food Pantry. Lynne is a graduate of Leadership Baltimore County Class of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Art from the University of Rochester and completed her accounting degree at University of Baltimore and Loyola University Maryland.

Dino LaFiandra serves as our board president. Dino proudly has been a Maryland lawyer since 1995, and currently has his own law firm, The Law Office of Dino C. La Fiandra, LLC which focuses on obtaining land use and zoning approvals for businesses that want to get things built. www.lafiandralaw.com. Childrens’ issues have always been close to Dino’s heart. He served on the board of The Children’s Home in Catonsville, Maryland from 2005 to 2013, including serving as president, vice president, and treasurer. Dino also serves as pro bono guardian ad litem representing the interests of the child in matters before the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Dino is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the DC Bar Association. Dino’s other professional affiliations include Leadership Baltimore County, Maryland Building Industry Association, the Greater Baltimore Economic Forum, and the Baltimore County Engineers’ Association.

Jen Grossman has 10+ years of non-profit experience sitting on a variety of different non-profit boards in the Baltimore area. In that capacity, she has been on committees including fundraising, strategic planning, branding, and visioning, board cultivation, programming, leadership, and large event planning. She recently served as Board Chair connecting volunteers to organizations for 3 years. She has served both the Jewish and secular communities in times of crisis and in times of growth.

Alexis Seth is a highly skilled professional with experience in information technology and project management with public and private sector organizations. She is most passionate about inclusion and equity; working with people and within organizations to dismantle structures and barriers which limit people and their possibilities. Alexis enjoys volunteering and seeks opportunities to support non-profits and initiatives in Baltimore because she believes in Baltimore’s possibilities. She has volunteered with ArtScape, the Baltimore Book Festival, Bentley Food Pantry, and most recently the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund during its community engagement forums. From 2010 – 2014, she was a member of the Board of Directors for Women in Transition, a non-profit committed to supporting young women in their transition from foster care to independence. Currently, Alexis is a Trustee for Gilman School and chairs the Community, Inclusion, and Equity Committee.

Kim Scarborough is a Cosmetic Chemist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC).  In her current role, she works on the Cosmetics Regulatory Activities Team where she provides technical guidance and responses to reporters, public relations officers, congressional offices and other external entities inquiring about the regulation, formulation, and oversight of cosmetics. She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry from Morgan State University and her Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Loyola University. Kim’s current public service activities include serving as the Chair of Economic Development for the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and as an active leader with the Employment Assistance Ministry at her place of worship. Kim’s past community service positions include serving as both a Steward and a Trustee at the BAMEC in Baltimore, MD.

Alec Knight holds the role of Vice President of Wealth Management at Brooks Financial.  Alec joined Brooks Financial in 2005 as the Director of Planning and has graduated from the Brooks Financial Group Wealth Advisor Institute. A graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and Gettysburg College, Alec holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He currently serves as a Wealth Management Advisor and maintains the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.  He is an Investment Advisor Representative with Founders Financial Securities, LLC.

$25

can nourish one child
for one month

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We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID# 47-2281875.

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