Read Our Series on Childhood Hunger in Md.

Maryland Matters has just run a groundbreaking series on childhood hunger, “Empty Plates at Maryland’s Table.” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot Jaspin, the series examined the obstacles to ensuring that Maryland families can put food on their table — from employers that pay substandard wages, to inadequate and contradictory government benefits, to school districts that can’t or won’t provide free meals to certain poor children, and so much more.

It’s a startling and sobering account — especially for a state that’s considered the richest in the nation, according to government statistics.

We will be providing follow-ups and updates to the series over the next several days. But if you have not had an opportunity to read the full series, please consider doing so. Links to all 10 stories are provided here:

Part one: Meet the Food Stamp Firms of Maryland, plus Bum Blockade: How We Got the Food Stamp Data

Part two: All About the Hunger Industry, plus The Tax Deduction Recipe That Feeds Hunger

Part three: Measuring Hunger: One Size Does Not Fit All, plus Calculating How to Go Hungry

Part four: The No Man’s Land of Childhood Hunger

Part five: When the Floor Becomes the Ceiling

Part six: There’s No Wage Like the Minimum Wage

Part seven: The Volunteer Army Trying to Fight Hunger