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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).
Looking to educate yourself on the issue of Food Insecurity?
Here are two helpful reports that illustrate the challenges and the opportunities:
Dramatic Increases in Levels of Need
Over the past 15 years, the percentage of BCPS students in low-income families* has increased by 60%, from 33% in 2006-07 to 53% in 2020-21. (*Students in low-income families are defined as those that qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, F/R).
📈 All schools within the Network also experienced increases, many with dramatic spikes in the percentage of students in low-income families, including the following schools that experienced about a doubling, or more, of the rate of students in need:
- Cockeysville Middle
- Loch Raven High
- Owings Mills High
- Parkville High
- Pine Grove Elementary
- Pine Grove Middle
🔝 Many schools have long experienced high levels of students in low-income families, including these schools with current rates above the 53% district average:
- Baltimore Highlands Elementary
- Battle Monument School
- Featherbed Lane Elementary
- Halstead Academy
- Loch Raven Tech Academy
- Mars Estates Elementary
- Owings Mills Elementary
- Stemmers Run Middle
To see a graph charting this dramatic increase in need, click here.