There's no question that the CEP works. In the 2015-2016 school year, 227 Maryland schools participated in it, and as a result, more than 97,000 students attended a hunger-free school. In Baltimore alone, since adopting the CEP, city schools are serving more than 10,000 additional school lunches every day, despite an overall reduction in student enrollment between school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Put another way: Before the CEP, 58 percent of city schools students participated in school lunch; after the CEP, 71 percent of all students participated. Gains have also been made in rural counties, where the CEP is meeting the needs of diverse student populations. From Garrett and Washington counties in Western Maryland, to Wicomico and Somerset on the bay, we're seeing more schools take advantage of this program.