Student Support Network of Baltimore County
The Student Support Network improves the lives of Baltimore County students living in poverty by providing food, other basic necessities, and advocacy support.
To see a video describing our important work, click the button below.
The Student Support Network is committed, through its mission, to assist students in poverty and those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore County Public Schools and to advocate on their behalf. As part of this mission, the Network is resolved to:
- improve communication,
- intentionally create inclusive programs, and
- work to end disparities in access to resources.
The Network is particularly concerned about addressing the effects of poverty and homelessness disproportionately affecting students and families of color. The Network is also committed to practice honest and thoughtful reflection in considering its programs and advocacy, guided by the principle that creating an environment that can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people ultimately benefits everyone.
“Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not.”
–Leila Janah, social entrpreneur
Student Support Network Update
Between March 20, 2020 (when schools closed) and May 12, 2021 the Network has:
- Distributed over $6.1 million in food and essential supplies
- Provided the food equivalent of almost 3.5 million meals
- Distributed as part of the $6.1+ million total almost $158,000 in diapers and baby products and over $91,000 in period products
- Mailed over $172,000 in grocery gift cards to students and their families in dire need or who cannot access distribution sites
- Been the recipient of 12,270 volunteer hours at distribution sites
Your contribution has made these great accomplishments possible and helps us continue this work. Thank you!
The Network has issued a special statement about the weekly distributions. To read the statement, click here
Stuffed Backpack Drive!
We need your help! Did you know that the rate of poverty in BCPS has increased by 10% since the start of the pandemic? Over half of the students in Baltimore County are living in poverty.
We want to help students in need start the school year with the basic tools necessary to succeed. On May 27th, Goucher College staff and faculty will stuff backpacks full of supplies to kick-off our summer drive!
Please consider a donation!
For our Amazon wishlist, click here.
To make a monetary donation specifically for this drive, click here.
Individuals or companies who want to make in-kind donations of new, good quality backpacks can email us.
Please help us welcome our 13th Network school, Mars Estates Elementary!
Mars Estates Elementary School is located in Essex. We are so happy to have them join the Network!
Thank you for your support and please help us spread the word!
The Student Support Network is a registered non-profit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Student Support Network
1740 E. Joppa Road Suite 200
Baltimore MD 21234