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Meals Kits To Be Distributed at Seven BCPL Locations Around the County

Baltimore County today announced a new partnership with Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) and the Maryland Food Bank to provide additional summer meals for youth at seven BCPL locations around the County. This program will complement existing food distribution efforts across Baltimore County.

Beginning Monday, July 20, the Maryland Food Bank will set up sites outside of designated BCPL branches and offer meal kits to youth 18 years of age and younger. Kits will include four to six breakfasts and lunches and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Youth Summer Meals will be available at the below locations during specified days and times:

Arbutus Branch
855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m.

Essex Branch
1110 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, Maryland 21221
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Hereford Branch
16940 York Road, Hereford, Maryland 21111
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Lansdowne Branch
500 3rd Avenue, Lansdowne, Maryland 21227
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

North Point Branch
1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Randallstown Branch
8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch
1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, Maryland 21207
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Supporting Food Access During the Pandemic

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support food access during the pandemic.

Since March, Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) have provided over four million meals.

Baltimore County, with support from multiple agencies and regional partners, continues to offer food distribution for families on Saturdays at sites across the County. The Baltimore County Department of Aging continues to provide boxes of food to the County’s older adults at designated senior center locations. Through its annual summer meals program, the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services is providing meals for youth 18 years of age and younger (PDF) at over 80 locations.

Residents should check the County’s Food Resources page regularly for updates.

Food insecure residents can find the location nearest them using Baltimore County’s Food Distribution Sites Map.

Residents with questions or who need assistance with food access can call 410-887-2594 or email food@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Seniors, or individuals contacting us on behalf of a senior with food access needs, can call 410-887-2594 or email aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov.


County’s “Balancing Act” Budget Platform Named One of Nation’s Best Programs as National Association Of Counties Highlights Five County Departments for Effective Leadership

Baltimore County earned seven awards from the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards, which recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhances service and improves quality of life for residents.

“My administration is committed to innovation, citizen engagement, and a government that is more transparent and accessible to all our people,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We’re honored to be recognized by NACo for all these efforts and we will continue building on these efforts to realize a better Baltimore County for every resident.”

Since 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards have recognized county government innovations, and are given in 18 different categories that reflect the comprehensive services counties provide, including financial management, county administration, information technology, health and civic engagement.

Five Departments Honored

Five Baltimore County Departments earned honors in the 2020 NACo Achievement Awards:

The Baltimore County Office of Information Technology won a 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Financial Management for the County’s budget “Balancing Act” platform.

Out of hundreds of programs, Baltimore County’s Balancing Act was awarded Best in Category—a distinction offered only to one program per category each year—due to its exceptional results and unique innovations.

The interactive online tool allowed residents to learn more about the state of Baltimore County’s budget and the difficult choices under consideration during the ongoing budgeting process. Through “Balancing Act,” residents could examine the current fiscal situation and simulate reallocating funds in order to balance spending and revenue.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging won two 2020 Achievement Awards:

  • 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Health for the “Living Connected” initiative to combat social isolation.

In response to a national epidemic of loneliness among older Americans, the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) developed the “Living Connected” initiative to offer a multifaceted approach to combatting social isolation through awareness education for all ages and engagement activities for older adults and caregivers.

  • 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Health for the Adult Well-Being Assessment to help measure quality of life indicators.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging embarked on a partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to provide data for the Aging Hub of the 100 Million Healthier Lives Project using the Adult Well-Being Assessment (AWA) to better understand population health outcomes that can influence policy and fiscal decision-making.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services won two 2020 Achievement Awards:

  • 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Human Services for their Child Protective Services/Domestic Violence (CPS/DV) co-location efforts.

The Baltimore County Department of Social Services’ Child Protective Services/Domestic Violence Co-Location Program provides a comprehensive approach to families experiencing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Clients have access to safety planning services, immediate trauma-based therapy and linkages to trauma-based community resources.

  • 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Health for utilizing nursing services in harm reduction efforts.

The Baltimore County Department of Health’s Harm Reduction Program provides HIV and Hepatitis C testing, access to safe injection equipment, wound care, immunizations and other services to help decrease the risks of overdose and infectious disease transmissions. This program is the first Harm Reduction Program in the state to employ a Public Health Nurse to integrate health-related services within the Harm Reduction model.

The Baltimore County Department of Human Resources won a 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Personnel Management, Employment and Training for the Baltimore County Government Employee Mentorship Program.

In 2019, Baltimore County launched its first Employee Mentorship Program, which is designed to promote team-oriented work environments while focusing on enhancing career development, increasing employee engagement and retention, and building employee morale. The program hails open effective communication, leadership empowerment and coaching as key factors to its success.

The Department of Permits, Approvals, and Inspections, Department of Public Works, Department of Planning and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology won a 2020 Achievement Award in the category of County Administration and Management for the Design of the Land Use Regulatory Automation (LURA) Program.

Baltimore County is modernizing its land use regulatory processes in order to make them more transparent and data-driven while improving overall customer service by strengthening inter-agency cooperation.


Food Insecurity Growing Risk for Seniors During COVID-19 Pandemic

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that, beginning next week, the Baltimore County Department of Aging will be expanding its food distribution efforts by providing boxes of food to the County’s older adults. The program will be supported by $590,000 in funding provided through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to specifically target individuals age 60 and older.

“We’re taking another important step to ensure older adults in Baltimore County will not go hungry through this crisis,” Olszewski said. “Promoting food security is a top priority of my administration and we will continue to use all resources available to us to support our residents.”

“We’re pleased to be able to provide this new support for older adults in the County who may have difficultly preparing nutritionally-balanced meals during this uncertain time,” said Laura D. Riley, Director of the Department of Aging. “Before this pandemic, over 600 senior citizens relied on our Eating Together programs each day for nutritionally-balanced meals and we hope that this newly expanded meal distribution will help those in most need.”

Under this new program, each box of food will include three meals and a snack for six days.

“When combined according to the directions, each meal meets the nutritional requirements for adults age 60 and older,” said Jill Hall, Chief of the Division of Senior Centers and Community Services.

Boxes will be distributed by appointment only at three senior center locations in three different regions of the County:

Baltimore County residents over 60 years of age should call 410-887-2040 to schedule their pick-up date, time and location. Only individuals with appointments will receive a box of food. During the appointment, individuals will be asked to show proof of age through their BCDA Senior Center Membership Card or other identification.

Anyone unable to travel to these locations should contact Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-887-2594 to discuss other food options with the MAP staff.

The Department of Aging plans to continue to provide meals through the end of June, or until the senior centers reopen to the public, whichever comes first.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to combat food insecurity among older adults.

Since March 16, the Department of Aging has served over 8,300 meals for seniors—a 33 percent increase in the number of participants since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, through a partnership with Meals on Wheels, a home delivered meal service, Baltimore County is helping provide shelf stable meals or grocery box deliveries for nearly 200 senior citizens in urgent need of food. Department of Aging staff are also assisting with Baltimore County’s Saturday food distribution sites at the Hereford and Reisterstown Senior Centers.

Additional Food Resources

For younger residents, Baltimore County continues to offer other resources for grocery and produce. Find more information.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017