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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.


Free Take-Away Meals Available For Youth at Designated Locations 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Baltimore County Recreation and Parks buildings will be closed to the public effective Saturday March 14, until further notice.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Department of Recreation and Parks will offer limited meal distribution to children 18 and under with support from the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.

The Department will offer the take-away meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and on Saturday. Residents can drive to the location and receive a box of groceries without leaving their cars.

There is a limited number of meals available and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations:

There is a limited number of meals available and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations:

  • Dundalk PAL Center
  • Mars Estates PAL Center
  • Shady Spring PAL Center
  • Hillendale PAL Center
  • Cockeysville PAL Center
  • Scotts Branch PAL Center
  • Winfield PAL Center
  • Woodmoor PAL Center

Contact

If there are food issues for any population group, you can seek information or assistance by emailing food@baltimorecountymd.gov.


Tradepoint Atlantic to increase MBE/WBE requirement, project labor transparency and donate land for recreation

County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic officials announced that they have collaborated to significantly enhance the benefits that the community will receive from a pending public infrastructure agreement to support redevelopment of Sparrows Point into a global logistics hub.

After negotiating these new community benefits, County Executive Olszewski announced his support for the pending deal which is scheduled to be voted on by the Baltimore County Council later today.

“By engaging our communities and working in partnership with Tradepoint Atlantic, we took a good deal and made it even better,” said Olszewski.  “Growing up in the shadow of the steel mill, I’ve seen firsthand how transformative this project can be and am proud to support this agreement which will expand opportunity for the community.”

“Since the beginning of this project over four years ago, we have been actively engaging the community as we work to transform Sparrows Point.  We are proud of the strong community partnerships that have been forged and are committed to working with all public stakeholders to ensure this generational project is a success we can all be proud of,” said Aaron Tomarchio, Senior Vice President of Tradepoint Atlantic.

Tradepoint Atlantic has agreed to convey to the County a substantial parcel of environmentally clean, developable, accessible land for a new public park. The developer will work with the private sector to seek funding for amenities for the land that could include multi-purpose fields or other recreational features.

MBE Goals and Labor Transparency

Ahead of a County Council vote on a public infrastructure support agreement, Tradepoint Atlantic also has agreed, at the request of County Council members and the County Executive, to increase the minority business requirements for the infrastructure improvements from 15% to 20%, and improve reporting transparency for project labor agreements.

“The redevelopment of Tradepoint Atlantic is a fresh start for our district and the whole region and I thank County Executive Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic for working to add much-needed lifestyle amenities for the local community,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell. “We have been seeking an opportunity for rec and open space on the site and I am glad the commitment has been made.”

"I strongly encouraged Tradepoint Atlantic to increase their minority contractor participation because it is important that when we make public investments, everybody gets a seat at the table,” said Council Chair Julian E. Jones.

“When we invest taxpayer dollars, it is particularly important that developers be accountable for their commitments to labor and their obligation to engage community,” said 2nd District Councilman Izzy Patoka.

The proposed infrastructure agreement already includes the donation of land to the County for a new Fire and Police facility that would serve the Tradepoint Atlantic businesses and nearby communities. 

Public roads, water and sewer infrastructure would support more than 17,000 new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017