Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the number of students in BCPS living in severe poverty has increased by 10%.
Over 58,000 students, 53% of all students in the system, now live in severe poverty, i.e., qualify for Free and Reduced Price Meals
For Free Meals in school, a family of four can make no more than $48,470.
Extreme Poverty: Students receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) live in families at or below 130% of the federal poverty level, which in 2020-21 is an annual income of no more than $34,060 for a family of four people.
The “survival budget” income needed by a family of four to be self-sufficient in Baltimore County (no savings possible) is $87,000.
For statistics on the number of homeless students by school, click here.
Homelessness: 1,928 students were identified as experiencing homelessness in BCPS (January 2021; number increases by end of the school year).