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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The creator of a farmers market in Anne Arundel County simply received a nationwide award.

Jodi Risse works to maintain children fed within the space, significantly throughout the summer season months, whereas working because the Anne Arundel County Faculties meals and diet companies supervisor.

“I’m normally not speechless, I feel I’m speechless right now,” Jodi mentioned Monday.

She was offered with one in all simply 5 nationwide Summer season Meals Hero Awards.

“I’m simply in awe at how many individuals are right here to help what we do within the college system and simply serving wholesome meals all year long,” Jodi mentioned.

Beneath her management, Anne Arundel County Faculties operates 58 summer season meal websites that provide free meals to youngsters ages 2 to 18-years-old.

“It’s superior, it ensures they’ve a wholesome lunch each single day,” mentioned Colleen Eduvigen from Anne Arundel County.

“So one in seven children in Maryland are meals insecure, so the summer season meals program is basically essential,” added Kara Panowitz with Maryland No Child Hungry.

Panowitz nominated Jodi for the award.

“I simply knew that Jodi goes above and past, particularly in comparison with what different folks do. Nobody has carried out a farmers market like this earlier than,” Panowitz mentioned.

Up till 4 years in the past, there wasn’t a farmers market within the instant area- and that wasn’t acceptable to Jodi.

So, she contacted neighborhood companions, referred to as up an area farmer and the Brooklyn Park Farmers Market was born.

“Oh, it means so much, I carry the kids up right here each week,” Eduvigen mentioned.

The farmers market affords children the possibility to earn free vegetables and fruit, find out about diet and have a bit enjoyable with native first responders.

“And simply be taught to be higher residents and a more healthy particular person all through their life,” Jodi mentioned.

When college begins in a number of weeks, the farmers market will shut down however Jodi’s work will proceed year-round.