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Applications for Over $350,000 in Federal Funding Available to Community-Based Organizations Open Until June 11

Baltimore County has issued a call for grant applications from County, community-based organizations that provide services related to food or shelter. The grants will be distributed as part of the federally-funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

“We know so many residents are struggling to address their families’ basic needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County executive Johnny Olszewski. “These grants can go a long way toward supporting those organizations that are helping to serve our most vulnerable residents during these challenging times.”

The EFSP program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of food and housing insecure people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The program supplements and expands the ongoing work of local social service organizations to provide shelter, food and supportive services to individuals, families and households who are experiencing or at risk of hunger and homelessness

Typically, the County receives a formula set-aside from the State’s annual allocation of EFSP funds—this year’s amount being $209,176. Through the CARES Act, Congress has authorized additional funding for the program this year. As a result, Baltimore County has received $368,039 to distribute to County nonprofits.

Use of EFSP Funds

EFSP funds may be used to provide services, including:

  • Food in the form of served meals or groceries.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter, a hotel or motel, or another offsite shelter facility, limited to 30 days assistance per individual or household.
  • One month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure, or utility assistance.
  • Transportation costs associated with food or shelter.

How to Apply

In keeping with the emergency nature of this program, the local EFSP board created a simplified funding application for organizations to apply to the Local EFSP Board.

To receive an application, email sboz@baltimorecountymd.gov. Applications are due on Thursday, June 11, at 1 p.m. The National Board will issue grants to local organizations that are recommended for funding by the Local Board.


Maps Show Youth Meal Sites and Locations Offering Carryout or Delivery

As Baltimore County continues to identify ways to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced new resources to help residents locate food distribution sites and identify County restaurants offering food pickup, carry out and delivery services.

“As we continue to respond to this rapidly evolving situation, we have to make sure our residents can access fundamental necessities—especially food,” Olszewski said. “We will continue to work around the clock to identify additional resources to provide food security for Baltimore County families during this challenging time.”

The new Food Distribution Sites Map has information about locations offering free meals for youth 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 and other populations.

The County has also unveiled an online form to allow restaurants to self-report whether they are offering services during this time. 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. The BaltCo To-Go Map is online here.

County Expands Gathering Prohibition to 10 or More to Align with New State Actions

Additionally, County Executive Olszewski has directed Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch to expand Baltimore County’s prohibition on gatherings or events to 10 or more people at all locations and venues to align with today’s announcement by Governor Hogan. Dr. Branch is also adopting new regulatory measures to require establishments to ensure social distancing and sanitation measures to promote public health. Residents should continue to call 911 to report violations of this order.

These are the latest actions from Baltimore County government to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19. County Executive Johnny Olszewski has issued an Emergency Declaration and taken the following actions:

  • Mandatory Employee Telework: Baltimore County has mandated telework for all employees who are able to do so.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Providing Meals: The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering limited meal distribution to children 18 and under through 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. on weekdays. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:
    • Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    • Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    • Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    • Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    • Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    • Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Water Shutoffs Halted: County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Mayor Young announced that neither municipality will turn off water service for failure to pay.
  • Evictions Suspended: All evictions have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency in the County.
  • Fast-tracking Alcohol Delivery for Bars and Restaurants: Expediting approvals to temporarily allow establishments to deliver alcoholic beverages to residents in Baltimore County.
  • Government Building Restrictions: Directed County government buildings to be available to the public through appointment only.
  • Baltimore County Health Department Hotline: The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19. The number is 410-887-3816. The hotline is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Extension of Licenses and Permits: County Executive Olszewski issued an Executive Order providing an extension of all County licenses, permits, registrations and other authorizations until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.
  • Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: All Baltimore County Public Library branch locations are closed through Sunday, March 29.
  • Baltimore County Senior Centers Closed: All Baltimore County Senior Centers will be closed to the public until further notice. Seniors can call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists (CIRS), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Buildings Closed: All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks, trails and open spaces remain open to the public. All dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, comfort stations and portable toilets are closed.
  • CCBC Classes Canceled: All in-person CCBC classes are canceled through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.
  • Suspension of County Travel: Suspending all County government-related travel through April 30.

Additional Resources

All County residents are encouraged to take the proper precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including regular hand-washing and social distancing as appropriate. All residents, and particularly those at high risk, should follow CDC guidance. For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

Find the latest information from the state of Maryland or Baltimore County.

The latest updates from the Baltimore County School System, including information on school meals, is available on the BCPS website.


by Charlie Dyjak, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

Summer is here and with summer comes the opportunity to buy fresh produce at your local farmers market. Baltimore County is home to 13 different farmers markets approved by the Maryland Farmers Market Association, so there is always one close to home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer salads, BLTs, and seared vegetables are delicious summer entrees. When prepared with the fresh ingredients found at farmers markets, these dishes are out of this world. A good dish always starts with the best ingredients and the fresh, crisp tastes of locally grown produce cannot be matched.

Pick up these fresh ingredients at your local farmers market for a quick, light tomato and cucumber summer salad.

Cut 4 cucumbers into slices

Chop 4 tomatoes into bite size pieces

Dice a red onion

Toss together in a bowl and drizzle on olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Sprinkle in salt to your liking.

If you want to go “recipe-free,” just buy a juicy peach or tomato and eat it whole. 

Here are a baker's dozen Baltimore County farmers markets to explore, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Hereford. Grab your market bag and get out your shopping list!

Baltimore County Farmers Market
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm 

Boordy Vineyards – Good Life Thursdays
12820 Long Green Pike, Thursday: 3 pm – 7 pm 

Catonsville Farmers Market
5820 Edmondson Ave., Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm 

Catonsville Sunday Farmers Market
730 Frederick Road, Sunday: 10 am - 1:30 pm 

Dundalk Village Farmers Market
44 Shipping Place, Saturday: 7 am - 12:30 pm 

Eastpoint Farmers Market
7839 Eastern Ave., Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm

Hereford Farmers Market
17004 York Road, Saturday: 9 am – noon

Kenilworth Farmers Market
798 Kenilworth Drive, Tuesday: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Overlea Farmers Market

6908 Belair Road, Alternate Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - noon

Pikesville Farmers Market
1700 Reisterstown Road, Tuesday: 2 pm - 6 pm

Randallstown Farmers Market/Liberty Road
8604 Liberty Road, Wednesday: 1 pm – 5 pm

The Avenue at White Marsh Farmers Market
8215 Honeygo Blvd., Friday: 10 am – 1 pm

Towson Farmers Market

17 Allegheny Avenue, Thursday: 11 am – 3 pm 

 

 

Keywords: farmers markets, farms, food

 
 
Revised September 11, 2017