Lynne Kahn Finds Feeding Baltimore’s Children Fulfilling


Many of you have undoubtedly heard of the Baltimore Hunger Project – a nonprofit that is dedicated to eliminating the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger. But are you familiar with their founder and executive director, Lynne B. Kahn, who is also a staple in the Baltimore Jewish community?

Read about these 13 things to know about Lynne Kahn:

Lynne grew up on Old Court Road, not far from The Park School where she attended. Her parents still live in her childhood home.

She majored in political science and religion at the University of Rochester and after graduation had every intention of joining the Foreign Service. But… “my father said, ‘come work for me for a bit’. I went back to school to get my accounting degree and have been a tax accountant ever since.”

Perhaps the new career path was a good thing…Lynne met her husband, Howard, at a CPA review class. “I introduced myself to him in class and offered to start a study group. Later that night, while I was out to dinner with my parents, I saw Howard at the same restaurant with his parents and turned to my mom and dad and said, ‘See that guy over there? He’s the man that I am going to marry one day.’ That was 27 years ago.”

Growing up, Lynne remembers watching her mom volunteer to serve food every Thursday at Our Daily Bread. Also, she recalls her mom answering phones for a hotline called WISH that helped women in crisis.

When her own children, Max and Emily, were younger, Lynne says they served food on Thanksgiving Day with Bea Gaddy in Baltimore.

“That eventually grew into Lynne’s Garage which I started with two of my friends. Volunteers came to my house to make lunches for two women and children’s shelters. So, for one Sunday a month for nine years, we brought lunches to Sarah’s Hope on Mount Street and Hannah Moore in Reisterstown.”

The children at the shelters would call her, “The Lunch Lady.”

Lynne loves to read and remembers fondly going to the library with her grandmother growing up. She is currently reading three books right now, and not surprising, one of them is Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

As a member of The Associated’s Baltimore City Partnerships Commission, Lynne commits her time to help support the needs of our community by improving the quality of life for everyone.

Post pandemic Lynne is looking forward to travelling to Ireland with her husband and son to visit her daughter who will be there as part of her school’s study abroad program.

Lynne is a member of The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Kesher program – “to me it’s like an adult pen pal program and a great way to meet other people and experience something so different than what I am used to. I’ve learned that even though we live in different places, we share so many of the same values.”

The Baltimore Hunger Project is working in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) to have the Moms on a Mission VolunTeam come participate in a lunch packing session with 20 other moms.

What advice would Lynne give her younger self? “I wish I had the courage when I was younger to follow my passions…I would tell myself to take risks…you are going to be alright.”


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