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Addressing Food Security in Your Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Students or staff might ask themselves on any given day:
  1.  Did I eat?
  2.  Did I have enough to eat?
  3.  What would I like to eat?
Increasingly, students rely on school cafeteria food for food security. Many in our programs eat breakfast, lunch and a snack or meal during our care; many have nothing to eat when they go home. We have opportunities to play a vital role in the food security of the students we serve.

This article, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, offers insight and ways to adapt your role in students’ food security to help them achieve the goals and vision your program has identified to help address community needs.

Ride On’s annual Give & Ride food drive campaign will run April 23-29!

Give non-perishable food items onboard Ride On from Sunday, April 23 – Saturday April 29, 2017.  Help the Hungry  and Ride FREE!

Help us help the hungry in Montgomery County. Our County is among the wealthiest in the nation, yet 16.3% of the children in the County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland.Food donations will be collected on all buses. Receive a free ride each time you donate. More importantly, help us feed the hungry in our community. All donations go to Manna Food and needy area families, including the disabled, seniors and the working poor. To show our thanks, you ride free with a donation.  

Tax-Aide Program

Free income tax preparation is available at MCPL locations by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers — especially seniors 60 and over. Call 240-777-2577, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm to make an appointment starting January 30, 2017.   The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program also offers appointments  online.
  • Chevy Chase: Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Gaithersburg: Wednesdays, February 8 – April 12, 2017
  • Germantown: Mondays, February 6 – April 17, 2017
  • Kensington Park: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Long Branch: Wednesdays and Saturdays, February 8 – April 15, 2017
  • Olney : Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Poolesville: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
  • Twinbrook: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017

Community Tax Aid

Walk-in service only; no appointments; first come, first served.  For individuals with no more than $35,000 in income and families with no more than $52,000.

Maryland Eviction Procedure

Eviction is a legal procedure. To evict you, a Maryland landlord must go to district court to get a judgment against you. If he gets one, the court will issue an order of eviction and a sheriff will make you leave the home. A landlord who moves a tenant’s belongings out of the home, changes the locks, or cuts off utilities without a court order may be criminally prosecuted and liable for damages. If this happens, tenants should call the police and an attorney or legal services organization.

Montgomery County Police, Non-Emergency: (301) 279-8000

The Montgomery County Emergency Eviction Prevention service provides assistance to evicted families. For help or more information, contact 240-777-3075.

Food Supplement Program/SNAP/Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.

SNAP benefits supplements the grocery budget for low income families and individuals. Many people who receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) and Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) are also eligible to receive Food Stamps. To see if you meet the eligibility requirements for Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (FSP), click here

June is Great Outdoors Month

Montgomery County is home to an array of beautiful parks and recreation centers that provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities. Healthy living activities and programs accessible to Montgomery County youth and adults include weekly farmers markets, educational and athletic day camps for children, sports programs, and easy access to local parks such as the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Being active and spending time outdoors are key elements of living a healthy lifestyle. These services and activities are available to Montgomery County residents of all ages. Access to these programs and centers may vary seasonally. Visit the Montgomery County Parks and Trails Directory for park locations and activities.

For more information, contact the Montgomery County Recreation department at 240-777-6840.

FYI-Programs in our Community

So What Else: Taste and Wellness Curricula provides a variety of programs to students in the county to teach them about the many different ways they can get outside, get active, and stay healthy.

June is National Safety Month

Stay safe this month, and all summer, by minimizing sun exposure and taking precautions against dangerous summer weather. Summer storms can threaten the safety of individuals and can cause damage to homes. During a severe storm, stay indoors. Prepare ahead of time by stocking up on non-perishable food and water if the storm is expected to cause power outages or last several days. When possible, do not drive during storms. If driving is necessary, follow road signs, speed limits, and as always, wear a seatbelt. Do not go in pools or bodies of water during a storm.

If visiting or joining a swimming pool or swim club this summer, ensure that children that do not know how to swim are never left alone, even in a “baby pool” area and even when lifeguards are on duty. Adults that do not know how to swim should stay in areas where they can stand.

During periods of extreme or excessive heat, drink water and stay in air-conditioned areas when possible. When outdoors, wear light-colored and lightweight clothing and wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses if possible.

For an emergency safety threat, call 911.


Learn how to protect your home against safety threats by visiting Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Services “Safety First” tips.

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