Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form.
Available in seven languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese), the form is reviewed by a trained resource specialist, and residents receive a return phone call within one business day.
The specialist will determine a resident’s individual food needs and help them locate food assistance in their community. No Personally identifiable information is needed to get help.
Information is available about free food distribution sites, free meal and grocery delivery, SNAP (Food Stamps), local food assistance providers, and other resources in Montgomery County. Residents can also call 311 and ask for the Food Access Call Center to get help with their food needs.
The Food Access Call Center opened in June 2020 and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the County. As of mid-December, the Food Access Call Center has responded to more than 2,000 calls/referrals.
Montgomery County’s has a new Vaccination Update page on its website that’s updated regularly. See it here. This is in addition to the county’s Covid-19 webpage, which is more comprehensive.
If you want to be kept right up to the minute, you can sign up to get COVID-19 vaccine updates by email or text here. Just provide your email or cell number, press ‘submit,’ and you’llon the list to get alerts automatically.
Important Update: MCPS to provide triple meal service on Fridays for *All* County Children and Students
Montgomery County Public Schools is providing curbside meal service at 74 school sites. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). The district is increasing to a triple meal service on Fridays, beginning Sept. 18, to help address food insecurity for MCPS students over the weekend. The USDA has granted waivers which again permit meal distribution to all youth 18 and under. MCPS students over 18 will need to provide a student id to pick up meals. Student names will be required for meal pick up. All sites are outside, and we ask that you wear a facemask and practice physical/social distancing as you pick up meals. Menu information is available on the main Menu webpage. Allergens, nutrients and other information can be found on the Wellness & Nutrition webpage.
The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies, and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the waivers that allow school systems to provide free meals to students during the summer months. MCPS will resume providing free breakfast and lunch to all county children and enrolled MCPS students. A student identification number will not be required, however, names will be taken for each child.
Meal service will continue at 74 sites. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, MCPS will reinstate the following mobile sites:
School Bus Service Sites:
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (double meals) and Friday at the following locations:
Nob Hill Apartments
Forest Park Apartments
<.> MCPS will transition to a more traditional food service program this fall, starting on Monday, Aug. 31, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to MCPS students at 74 meal sites. A student must be enrolled in an MCPS school to receive these meals. This curbside meal service will be provided from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (no meal service on Thursday). Students/families will need their student identification number in order to pick up a meal. Standard meal prices will be charged and students who receive Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) will continue to pay reduced rates. Payment will come from a student’s lunch account. Families can pick up meals at any of the 74 sites. MCPS is mailing this information home to all families, along with student ID numbers. The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, county government agencies and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. Additionally, families are encouraged to visit Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Resource page for additional resources. Parents/guardians of enrolled MCPS students can click here to opt in for 2020 Fall Meal Curbside Service. Meals will be available at 74 sites around Montgomery County. For a list of meal sites, click here.
To view available programs, visit our new Rec Outdoors webpage at mocorec.com > Activities & Programs > Rec Outdoors. Direct link: hhttps://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/activitiesandprograms/recoutdoors/index.html
Here are just a few examples of the programs you will see:
Ready, Set, Go, Ages Vary, Month of August, Two Locations: Bauer CRC and Upper County CRC, flyer.
Pop-ups (Rec w/o Walls), All Ages, Month of August, Six Locations: Damascus CRC, Mid-County CRC, Germantown CRC, East County CRC, Coffield CRC, North Potomac CRC, flyer.
Again, this is just a quick glance at some of our offerings, please visit mocorec.com to see our full line up!
The governor’s order allows people without symptoms but who may have been exposed to the virus to be tested without a doctor’s order at select state testing sites. It also calls on doctors to seek tests for such patients.
The appointment-free, drive-thru tests will be available at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093, starting Thursday, May 21, followed by sites at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) – Glen Burnie, 721 E Ordnance Rd., Curtis Bay, MD 21226, and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program VEIP Station, Hyattsville, 7401 Jefferson Ave, Hyattsville, MD, 20785 on Friday, May 22. The week of May 26 the state plans to begin testing at the Clinton VEIP station 7213 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd, Clinton, MD 20735.
Please see the Maryland Department of Health testing information on this website for more information.
We are proud to announce that many of the organizations that partner to bring EBB to our Montgomery County school buildings, have partnered to help answer this question. The Collaboration Council is proud to coordinate this in support of youth and families as a part of our mission. How to Access Resources:
Our ultimate goal is to bring EBB fun wherever our youth are in the most accessible way! Please visit www.excelbeyondthebell.org on Mondays for weekly postings of resources including:
- • Experiments • Projects • Creative ideas • Live activity links • SEL Resources
Supporting you as you “Stay Safe and Stay Home”
-The Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative
View Available Resources Here!