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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.


National Guard to Support Meal Distribution; Saturday Meal Distribution Expanding to 30 Sites; Baltimore County Announces Hiring Freeze for Non-essential Employees

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of aggressive new efforts to expand Baltimore County’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • The Maryland Army National Guard will support food distribution efforts following a request from the County.
  • Baltimore County is significantly expanding the number of sites for Saturday meal distribution.
  • Olszewski has implemented a freeze on non-essential hiring.

Maryland Army National Guard to Support County’s Food Distribution Efforts

Maryland Army National Guard troops will support the County’s food distribution operations and continue to provide additional planning and logistical support to enhance the County’s emergency response.

“These are neighbors from our communities here to help us in our time of need. We are so grateful for the Guard’s commitment as our County continues to respond to this unprecedented pandemic,” Olszewski said.

Beginning Friday, April 10, National Guard troops will support weekday meal distribution at all seven Department of Recreation and Parks locations. Full details on weekday meal distribution will be available at baltimorecountymd.gov/foodhelp.

Beginning Saturday, April 11, National Guard troops will support Saturday meal distribution at all Saturday distribution locations, including new locations. Full details on Saturday meal distribution will be available at baltimorecountymd.gov/foodhelp.

Olszewski previously requested the Maryland National Guard to provide humanitarian and emergency management assistance to County government.

County to Significantly Expand Saturday Meal Distribution Sites

To support food insecure families amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Olszewski also announced that the County is significantly expanding the number of locations for its Saturday food distribution program.

This week, Baltimore County will purchase 23,100 frozen, prepacked meals to distribute to food insecure residents at 30 sites across the County. Sites were identified through data-analysis by Baltimore County and the National Guard based on prior meal distribution. Previously, Baltimore County was providing weekend distribution at 11 sites.

“Ensuring every County resident has enough to eat during this crisis is a top priority,” Olszewski said. “Thanks to the Guard’s support, we can do even more for Baltimore County’s families and we’ll continue to work hand-in-hand to help provide food security, reduce the spread of the virus, and save lives.”

On Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m., meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: 

  • Arbutus Community Center
    865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Bear Creek Elementary School
    1607 Melbourne Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Cockeysville PAL Center
    9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • Colgate Elementary School—Distribution will take place in cul de sac on 51st Street.
    401 51st Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
  • Dundalk PAL Center
    15 Commerce Place Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Eastern Regional Park
    11723 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Edgemere Elementary School
    7201 North Point Road, Edgemere, Maryland 21219
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary School
    1600 Langford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Fullerton Elementary School
    4400 Fullerton Avenue, Nottingham, Maryland 21236
  • Grange Elementary School
    2000 Church Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Halethorpe Elementary School
    4300 Maple Avenue, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Hereford Senior Center
    510 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    1500 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Hillendale PAL Center
    1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
  • Lansdowne Elementary School
    2301 Alma Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Mars Estates PAL Center
    1498 East Homberg Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Martin Boulevard Elementary School
    210 Riverton Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Parkville Middle School
    8711 Avondale Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234
  • Perry Hall Elementary School
    9021 Belair Road, Nottingham, Maryland 21236
  • Randallstown Elementary School
    9013 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center
    12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Rogers Forge Elementary School
    250 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212
  • Scotts Branch PAL Center
    3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • Shady Spring PAL Center
    8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Warren Elementary School
    900 Bosley Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • West Town Elementary School
    401 Harlem Lane, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Western Tech High School
    100 Kenwood Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Winfield PAL Center
    8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • Woodbridge Elementary School
    1410 Pleasant Valley Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • Woodmoor PAL Center
    7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

Meals are being prepared by the following Baltimore County caterers: Black & Gold Catering in Towson, Classic Catering in Owings Mills, Martin's Caterers in Windsor Mill, Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley, and Zeffert and Gold in Owings Mills.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to promote food security for Baltimore County families. 

Weekday Meals

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is continuing to offer limited take-away meals from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at seven different locations on a first come first serve basis. More information is available at baltimorecountymd.gov/foodhelp.

BCPS Meals

Baltimore County Public Schools is continuing to provide BCPS students. For the latest information, please visit the BCPS Coronavirus Updates page.

Food Distribution Sites Map

Baltimore County has released the Food Distribution Sites Map providing information about food pantries and locations offering free meals throughout the County.

BaltCo To-Go Map

The County has released the BaltCo To-Go Map, allowing restaurants to self-report whether they are offering carryout and delivery services.

Contact

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 Executive Olszewski Announces Hiring Freeze 

In anticipation of budget pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that he has directed the Office of Budget and Finance to implement an immediate freeze on all non-essential hiring in County government.

The non-essential hiring freeze includes all positions except for first responders including Police officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, 911 staff, Sheriff's deputies, Correctional officers and public health and human services workers responding to the  COVID-19 crisis.

“We are in uncharted territory. While we do not know the full economic impact of this crisis, Baltimore County must take immediate and aggressive actions,” Olszewski added. “This is not an easy decision, but a fiscally responsible one. We will continue to prioritize our employees while continuing to provide essential government services for our residents.”

As a result of the impact of COVID-19, Baltimore County government currently projects that local revenues will decline by tens of millions of dollars in FY21.

Olszewski will announce his FY21 budget on Tuesday, April 14.


County will Provide Food-Insecure Residents with Groceries through Partnerships with Keany Produce and Gourmet, Maryland Food Bank, and Others

Baltimore County today announced plans to expand grocery distribution to food insecure families by distributing boxes of groceries at 11 sites around the County on Saturday, March 28, for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The distribution will include various grocery items, including fresh produce supplied by Maryland-based Keany Produce & Gourmet, bread from H&S Bakery, and other items from the Maryland Food Bank.

“As we continue to respond to this rapidly evolving situation, we are doing whatever we can to ensure residents can access fundamental necessities—especially food,” Olszewski said. “We are so thankful for the partnership of Keany Produce, H&S Bakery, the Maryland Food Bank, and all our partners to help provide food security for Baltimore County families during this challenging time.”

Last weekend, the Maryland Food Bank provided boxes of groceries and Keany Produce donated 360 boxes of produce to support weekend meal distribution coordinated by Baltimore County Government at nine sites around the County.

This week, Baltimore County will purchase 1,100 boxes of produce from Keany to distribute to food insecure residents.

Locations

Distribution will expand to cover 11 sites:

  • Arbutus Community Center 
    865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227

  • Cockeysville PAL Center
    9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

  • Dundalk PAL Center
    15 Commerce Place, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

  • Hillendale PAL Center
    1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234

  • Mars Estates PAL Center
    1498 East Homberg Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221

  • Scotts Branch PAL Center
    3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244

  • Shady Spring PAL Center
    8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237

  • Winfield PAL Center
    8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244

  • Woodmoor PAL Center
    7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

  • Hereford Senior Center
    510 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111

  • Reisterstown Senior Center
    12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

In addition to fresh produce, such as apples, oranges, pears, bananas, broccoli florets, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions, the County will be distributing bread and other grocery items. Groceries will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Food Distribution Efforts

The County continues to work with various vendors and partners to ensure future availability of groceries throughout the pandemic. Residents should check the County’s Food Resources page regularly for updates.

The goal of this distribution is to offer sustained meals and fresh produce for food insecure families who may be struggling during this difficult time.

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

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

Department of Recreation and Parks Providing Meals

The Department of Recreation and Parks is offering limited meal distribution through the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The Department is offering take-away meals from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Meals are distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Food Distribution Sites Map 

Baltimore County has released the Food Distribution Sites Map providing information about food pantries and locations offering free meals throughout the County. It includes locations operated by both the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks PAL centers and Baltimore County Public Schools. Users can search for locations closest to where they live. The map will be updated as additional food resources become available for youth, seniors and other populations.

BaltCo To-Go Map

The County has unveiled the BaltCo To-Go Map, allowing restaurants to self-report whether they are offering carryout and delivery services. Restaurant operators can share their location and what services they are providing, and the data collected will populate an interactive online map that residents can search. Establishments that want to share their information can use an online form.

Baltimore County Public Schools Student Meals

Baltimore County Public Schools is continuing to provide BCPS students with breakfast, lunch, and dinner at locations across Baltimore County. Students must be present to receive meals in the parking lots of the locations identified below on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the latest information, please visit the BCPS Coronavirus Updates page.

Contact

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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017