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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, notably throughout the summer season months, whereas working because the Anne Arundel County Colleges meals and diet companies supervisor.

“I’m normally not speechless, I feel I’m speechless as we speak,” Jodi stated Monday.

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

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

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

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

“So one in seven children in Maryland are meals insecure, so the summer season meals program is admittedly vital,” 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 individuals do. Nobody has executed a farmers market like this earlier than,” Panowitz stated.

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

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

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

The farmers market presents children the possibility to earn free vegetables and fruit, study diet and have somewhat enjoyable with native first responders.

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

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