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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.


External WiFi Now Available at Nine New Library Branch Locations

As Baltimore County continues to identify ways to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced new exterior WiFi resources at Baltimore County Public Library branches to support students and other residents without high-speed internet access.

“This crisis has upended life in countless ways, and it requires us to find creative solutions to the challenges we face,” Olszewski said. “We hope these new WiFi resources will help narrow the access gap as we continue to work around the clock to identify additional resources to support Baltimore County families during these trying times.”

The County has installed external WiFi capacity at nine new library branch locations. Previously, the Towson branch already had external WiFi capacity, bringing the total number of branches to 10. Residents can now access free WiFi in the parking lots of 10 branch locations across the County:

  • Catonsville Branch, 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Essex Branch, 1110 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, Maryland 21221
  • Hereford Branch, 16940 York Road, Hereford, Maryland 21111
  • Lansdowne Branch, 500 Third Avenue, Lansdowne, Maryland 21227
  • North Point Branch, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Randallstown Branch, 8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale, Maryland 21237
  • Towson Branch, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204
  • White Marsh Branch, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21236
  • Woodlawn Branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, Maryland 21207

Residents will be required to remain in their vehicles or otherwise adhere to all social distancing guidelines. These requirements will be strictly enforced.

“Access to the internet is critical, not just for work and homework, but also for our residents’ personal lives: checking in on friends and families is important to everyone right now,” said Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller. “Our internet usage within our buildings is typically very high, so we know that there are many residents who may not have access at home. We are thrilled with this solution that enables us to utilize our parking lots to continue to provide internet service.”

Public WiFi Locations Map

Residents can also visit the BaltCo Go-Online Map to find the closest available free internet service throughout the County. Users can search for locations closest to where they live.

Comcast Internet Resources

Additionally, in the interest of ensuring as many residents as possible have access to internet service, Baltimore County wants residents to know that Comcast has made a number of resources available in its service areas:

  • Free “Internet Essentials” Service: Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service if you apply by May 13, 2020. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com or by calling 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

  • Free Public WiFi Hotspots: Any resident can now access hundreds of Comcast public WiFi hotspots throughout the County. Locations available at: https://wifi.Xfinity.com

Baltimore County will continue to explore additional options to expand internet access across the County.


Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features a program to connect job-seekers with good jobs in growing fields, plus heart health tips and the latest on all of the technology resources available at your local library.

Connect to a Better Job – Let Baltimore County’s new Job Connector initiative help you get job-ready to work in a growth industry.

A Heart to Heart with the Doctor – Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, shares valuable heart disease prevention and treatment advice. 

BCPL – Your Tech ResourceGet connected at the library – your high-tech source for learning and enjoying all types of media.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017