How to Get Your Family Eating Healthily This Summer

When it comes to our overall health, eating well has numerous benefits. For example, in addition to how we deal with feelings — like love, sadness, anxiety, depression, and stress — what we put into our bodies actively contributes to mental health. However, getting the whole family to eating healthy can be a daunting task if it’s never been the norm. This is especially true over the summer, when the food kids ask for usually involves some form of a frozen sweet treat. If you're at your wit’s end trying to find ways to get your kids to eat better, don't fear; there is plenty of help out there.

Be Seasonal

Summer is a great time to improve overall health as seasonal produce becomes more available. Fresher produce contributes to better eating habits and it equates to more nutritional value. If you are on a budget, summer can be a boon for your wallet as well. Since they are usually locally sourced, seasonal options are often put on sale, helping you save. Look to farmers markets, where you may find even greater variety to put on your family's table.

Involve Everyone

One of the most effective ways to get your family to embrace a healthy routine is by getting them involved. Summer is the perfect time to bond as a family through healthier eating. Instead of telling your family to eat right, encourage them to make their own positive choices. Urge your little ones to find fun recipes and plan meals. Take the family on outings to your local store or market, and have them pick out produce. If you are worried they will avoid them, you can give them a list from which to pick. 

Taking grocery trips together is an opportunity to introduce your family to different foods and learn about them in the process. However, participation shouldn’t stop there; if your kids are old enough, you can have them help out in the kitchen. By involving your kids in the entire process — from the produce aisle to the prepared meal — you can nurture a greater appreciation for what they eat.

Learn to Adapt

Summertime is likely going to be full of excursions. Whether you go to the beach or have a barbecue in the backyard, it's easy to forget about healthy food. However, veggies and fruits are nothing if not adaptable, and they can be incorporated into any summer dish. There are also plenty of ways to adapt snacks to make them healthier. For example, instead of opting for potato chips, look to kale or seaweed chips, or instead of Goldfish crackers opt for roasted chickpeas, which are just as crunchy as Goldfish!

If you are planning a summer road trip, or simply intend to have a picnic outdoors, stock up on energy and granola bars, yogurts, and trail mixes. You could enhance celery’s appeal by adding peanut butter to give your kids a crunchy option to snack on without resorting to potato chips. If there is no alternative but to stock up while on the go, you might turn your snack searches into a family adventure. Have your little ones find some appropriate snacks and let them pick the ones that make the grade.

Make Healthy Options Available

One obstacle to healthy eating habits is what is available in the home. Unfortunately, for many of us, if we had to choose between vegetables and junk food, the latter would come out a clear winner. To foster healthier attitudes, switch out unhealthy snacks for veggies, fruits, and other wholesome options. Slice them up into an ideal snackable size, as this may be less intimidating to eat. Try to have snacks available throughout the day by putting them in containers to keep in the pantry or fridge. 

When it comes to breakfast, you could opt for low-sugar cereals, but there are also muesli, granola, and even smoothies. By offering your family a diverse and plentiful supply of nutritious options, you can habituate everyone to a more positive lifestyle.

In order to make healthy eating habits stick, make sure you're giving your kids lots of options when you can, and get them involved with grocery shopping and cooking. These may add a few steps, but you'd be surprised by how impactful these little changes can be. Soon, you may even see your children asking for healthier foods without the need for prompting.

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Carroll Fuel donates gas cards to help furloughed workers get to work while awaiting backpay

Carroll Fuel donates gas cards to help furloughed workers report to work while awaiting back-pay  #MDHELPS


Anne Arundel Organizations to continue to aid efforts for federal workers despite shutdown deal


In partnership with local organizations, the MD Dept of General Services & MD Dept of Transportation have launched #MDHelps, programs to provide relief for commuting & grocery expenses 

Gov. Hogan launches #MDHELPS  to assist 150,000 households affected in MD by the shutdown

Gov. Hogan launches #MDHELPS  to assist 150,000 households affected in MD by the shutdown


Anne Arundel Food Bank opens doors to help furloughed workers


Aid to furloughed federal employees

Oct. 20th 10am - 2pm - Furniture Clearance Fundraiser

Clearing out furniture in warehouse. Used and up-cycled furniture.





 Including but not limited to dressers, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables, chairs for kitchen and living room, bar stools, bookcases, lamps, tons of wall art.




Some new items available at discounted prices.


Credit Cards accepted. All proceeds benefit the AA County Food Bank.




Macy's The Big Give Back


Make Good Cents for Your Community Campaign

For the first time ever, customers will be invited to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to one of three local charities and the ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FOOD BANK is one of these three! The charity that raises the most funds @Macy's Annapolis will receive a matched donation from Macy's, up to $1,000.  

From August 1st - August 15th

Early holiday shopping, brithday, or spoil yourself all while benefiting your local Anne Arundel County Food Bank! 


Just round-up your purchase to the nearest dollar and donate your change, up to $0.99. 100% of donations will benefit Anne Arundel Food Bank! #MacysGives

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Target #2631

Well deserved recognition!


August 8, 2018,  I had the honor to meet the Target team at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, MD and participate in their recognition from the Governor's Office in the form of a Citation and Certificates of Appreciation from the AA County Food Bank for all of their great support to help low income community members.

Target's support ensures that essential daily needs are not only met but needy families and individuals may look forward to a brighter future.

They are doing great work and have impact those assisted through the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, and our partners (our pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and all of our programs) serve. Thank you for all you do!!!


United Way invites community members to make meals for AA County's families.


Let's Get Mobile

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The Anne Arundel County Food Bank Distributes Bikes, Scooters, Electric Wheel Chairs, Car-Seats, Strollers and Food to those in Anne Arundel County & neighboring areas in Baltimore City & Prince George’s County.

On June 2, 2018 the AA County Food Bank partnered with AA Co. Board of Education, The Boys and Girls Club, MD Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Dept. of Aging and Disabilities, Commission on Disability Issues of AA County, Governor’s Office of Community Initiative, & MD Dept. of General Services to give mobility, freedom and independence to seniors, disabled veterans and those with physical disabilities and to provide bikes to children of low-income families. 100 Bikes and 10 medical mobility scooters were distributed. 


The mobility scooter recipients were elated. This equipment will enable them to live more independent, active lives. “Thank you so much, you don’t know how much of a difference this will make” said Mary Saba, mother of a scooter recipient. 

One recipient of a scooter was a man that recently had his scooter stolen when he went to the store and had to leave it for a moment to cash a check. To help this from recurring this gentleman was provided a scooter with a key.

In Anne Arundel County, 68% of adults and 32% of children ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, increasing the risk of heart disease #2 of top ten leading causes of death in AA County,

To encourage living healthy and fight obesity, the AA County Food Bank distributed over 250,000 pounds of produce and gave bikes to 125 individuals this fiscal year (100 of these bikes were distributed on Saturday June 2nd to children. Children were selected by partnering agencies including but not limited to the Board of Education, Boys and Girls Club, and MD Commission of Indian Affairs.  

The Maryland Department of General Services' Federal Surplus Donation Program was notified by the General Services Administration of the United States Government that there was a warehouse in the State of North Carolina full of excess property, in this case, food meal kits. The Hogan Administration along with The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) began a partnership which resulted in the acquisition and distribution of approximately 500,000 shelf-stable meal kits, valued at over two million dollars, to needy Marylander's. On Saturday, June 2nd almost 2,500 pounds of these kits were distributed to families of the children and attending partners at the event.


Allen Harim donates over 30,000 pounds of chicken!

Allen Harmin delivered over 30,000 pounds of assorted chicken to the AA County Food Bank to help in our fight against hunger. This was perfect timing as our freezers were almost empty. This chicken will help feed soup kitchens, shelters and be distributed to families and individuals in need through our pantries. School ends this month and students that receive free and reduced lunches will now be able to receive chicken to help over the summer months. 

A special thank you to Mac Love with the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives for helping to introduce Allen to the AA County Food Bank and a big THANK YOU to ALLEN HARIM for the wonderful chicken!


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Crownsville business owners looking for more guidance on future of their leases

 As the state prepares a $1.4 million study on the Crownsville Hospital Grounds, some of the smaller businesses on the property want more transparency from the state after confusion surrounding the renewal of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank’s lease. 

By: Chase CookContact Reporter

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Bruce Michalec retires as head of Anne Arundel County Food Bank after 30 years


If a person needs food, they need everything. That’s been Bruce Michalec’s mission for 30 plus years building the Anne Arundel County Food Bank into a place where the needy can get just about anything to get back on their feet. 

 By: Selene San FeliceContact Reporter

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Close the dealQueen of All Food Drives solicits charitable donations during Eastport lights parade

A non-perishable item will score a prime viewing spot Saturday during the Eastport Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lights. 

By: Danielle OhlContact Reporter

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Watermark Festival of Lights Fundraiser


December 9, 2017

View the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade from Harbor Queen! Queen will be docked at the end of City Dock, the perfect viewing platform for the Parade. The boat will be decorated with holiday lights and festivities. For a donation of non-perishable food items, pet food items or cash donation, you will be welcomed aboard for the show.  All donations benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.

5:30-8:30 P.M.

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Pam Harrison, Remax Executive award AA Co. Food Bank $3,000

AA Co Board of Realtors were awarded a grant for their outstanding work in their / our communities. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank was lucky enough to be one of three recipients receiving $3,000!!!

In addition at the 12 Annual Food and Fund Drive over 41,000 pounds were donated to help fight hunger in AA County. This will help a lot of families. THANK YOU for all of you hard work and dedication. 

A. A. Co. Assoc. of Realtors 12th Annual Food & Fund Drive


Hunger takes no Holiday ......


AA County Realtors raised over 41,000 POUNDS OF FOOD!!

This is 10,000 more than last year. 

Thank you for helping to make sure families and individuals do not go hungry!

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Century 21 Don Gurney – Melissa Hosse

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