Success Stories

Covid-19: Week 61 of Food Distributions, May 19, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 257 cars, 140 walk-ups, 105 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 132 cars, 8 walk-ups, 32 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 120 cars, 32 walk-ups, 1 delivery

Almost $122,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 66,000 meal equivalents.

Great photos from the distribution at Owings Mills High School with Gwendolyn Betts Wright, Network Board member who has enthusiastically engaged so many volunteers for this site, and Cheryl Pasteur, a member of the BCPS Board of Education who has collected donations for the OMHS distribution since last year – The passion and commitment of our volunteers has helped thousands of students and their families through distributions. Thank you!

Covid-19: Week 60 of Food Distributions, May 12, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 234 cars, 125 walk-ups, 96 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 128 cars, 20 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 70 cars, 23 walk-ups, 11 deliveries

Over $123,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 67,000 meal equivalents.

Today Laurie visited the Student Support Network distribution site at Owings Mills High School. Her observations:

“It is run beautifully and efficiently by an absolutely amazing group of volunteers, and like all three of our sites, has evolved in its own way, which I love.

The cars were already lined up for blocks by 10am for the 11am distributions. The wonderful Student Resource Officer for the school, Officer Gilbert, is present to help with traffic. Volunteers write the number of families and children in a car on a chalkboard, then the car proceeds to different stations and gets loaded up based on that number. Diane Hyatt keeps all the stats.

Food, bread, and diapers/essential supply stations are set up. Volunteers from United Church carry “the tarp of clothes” and other items to a site in the front parking lot, where families can stop by after getting food and supplies of diapers, soap, etc. In an open space near the main lot when weather permits, families may choose clothing, books (donated by the The Maryland Book Bank to all our sites), and other items.

Led by Assistant Principal Elliot FlamJonathan Schwartz, and Hillary Wiseman Crystal, the volunteers include two Network Board members Gwendolyn Betts Wright and Vicki Almond; Vicki started the site last year. Every family in line is warmly welcomed by the volunteers.  So proud of your accomplishments and grateful to you all!”

More photos are from today’s distribution at Owings Mills High School.  Once again, thanks go to Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka for the photos and for volunteering today with his team!

Covid-19: Week 59 of Food Distributions, May 5, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 194 cars, 3 walk-ups, 101 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 118 cars, 22 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 108 cars, 15 walk-ups, 9 deliveries

Almost  $122,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 67,000 meal equivalents.

Photos are from today’s distribution at Owings Mills High School.  Once again, thanks go to Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka for the photos and for volunteering today with his team!

Covid-19: Week 58 of Food Distributions, April 28, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 247 cars, 145 walk-ups, 112 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 156 cars, 23 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 115 cars, 17 walk-ups, 1 delivery

Over $131,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 78,000 meal equivalents.

Photos are from today’s distribution at Owings Mills High School.  Thanks go to Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka for the photos and for volunteering today with his team!

Covid-19: Week 57 of Food Distributions, April 21, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 221 cars, 1 walk-up, 111 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 103 cars, 20 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 114 cars, 10 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Over $132,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 76,000 meal equivalents.

Photos today are from Loch Raven Technical Academy.

Covid-19: Week 56 of Food Distributions, April 14, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 265 cars, 6 walk-ups, 105 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 133 cars, 20 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 123 cars, 19 walk-ups, 11 deliveries

Over $134,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 75,000 meal equivalents.

Photos are from the distribution at Owings Mills High School today.  A BIG thank you to Pearlstone Center for not only delivering fresh produce, but planting produce specifically for this distribution site to give out to families in need!

Covid-19: Week 55 of Food Distributions, March 31, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 254 cars, 8 walk-ups, 116 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 140 cars, 20 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 119 cars, 14 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $131,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 74,000 meal equivalents.

Today’s pictures are from the distribution at Owings Mills High School — and include photos of one of  the volunteers  who deliver groceries and toiletries to families that cannot make it to distribution each week, Easter treat bags organized by a volunteer, delicious baked goods donated by Costco, and even the clean up after the distribution!

Covid-19: Week 54 of Food Distributions, March 24, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 253 cars, 5 walk-ups, 150 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 118 cars, 12 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 116 cars, 15 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $136,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 78,000 meal equivalents.

Photos today are from Parkville High School, where despite the unrelenting rain, volunteers were ever-valiant and cheerful.  We thank Classic Catering for dropping off 2 very large tarps and 2 tents to help keep the groceries and the volunteers dry!

Covid-19: Week 53 of Food Distributions, March 17, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 226 cars, 5 walk-ups, 95 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 163 cars, 12 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 123 cars, 13 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Almost $135,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 75,000 meal equivalents.

The first row of photos is from Owings Mills High School and the second and third rows are from Parkville High School.

Covid-19: Week 52 of Food Distributions, March 10, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 254 cars, 5 walk-ups, 84 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 126 cars, 12 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 99 cars, 10 walk-ups, 8 deliveries

Over $106,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 68,000 meal equivalents.

Photos are from the distribution at Parkville High.

Covid-19: Week 51 of Food Distributions, March 5, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 260 cars, 6 walk-ups, 89 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 138 cars, 12 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 136 cars, 10 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Over $111,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 73,000 meal equivalents.

Photo at left: Nancy (on left), who donated 150 snack bags and delivered them to Parkville High School for the distribution there, with Yara Cheikh (on right), Parkville Site Coordinator.

Photo at right: Donations of cereal, diapers, and cooking oil from the women of Gathering Point Giving Circle. They also provide 150 substantial soup kits for our families every week!

Covid-19: Week 50 of Food Distributions, February 26, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 256 cars, 6 walk-ups, 70 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 143 cars, 12 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 146 cars, 15 walk-ups, 11 deliveries

Over $113,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 74,000 meal equivalents.

At Parkville High, In addition to our fabulous Network volunteers, Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka, District 2 and his Special Projects Manager, Carlos Gonzalez, put in their time and efforts to make sure our families were served!

Covid-19: Week 49 of Food Distributions, February 21, 2021

Because of winter weather, the Friday distributions were again switched to Sunday.  Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at two sites — Parkville High School and Owings Mills High School:

Parkville High School: 208 cars, 5 walk-ups, 101 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 174 cars, 14 deliveries

Over $118,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 77,000 meal equivalents.

Expression Of Gratitude From Baltimore County Family, February 18, 2021

Showing what the Network can do thanks to our generous donors, we received a letter from a disabled mom with a special needs son. We know that rent and utilities are now and will continue to be major issues for low-income families for many months. The Network is able to provide some assistance, through a grant and donations, to families with students in Network schools:

“To the wonderful organization [Student Support Network], I would like to express my gratitude for the financial support. It is because of your generosity I was able to have enough food in my home and electricity. My family is grateful for the assistance. There are genuinely good people in this world. The support and generosity given to my family has helped us tremendously. The stress of not knowing how I was going to pay my rent and stay in our home. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the help.”

Covid-19: Week 48 of Food Distributions, February 14, 2021

Because of winter weather, the Friday distributions were switched to Sunday.  Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at two sites — Parkville High School and Owings Mills High School:

Parkville High School: 208 cars, 5 walk-ups, 68 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 96 cars, 7 deliveries

Over $80,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 56,000 meal equivalents.

The logistics of this switch to a Sunday could not have happened without Baltimore County Government’s commitment to this Sunday distribution and our amazing Network volunteers who even brought their children to help.  Special thanks to Julian E. Jones Jr. (District 4) who volunteered at Owings Mills High.

Covid-19: Week 47 of Food Distributions, February 5, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 296 cars, 10 walk-ups, 78 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 158 cars, 1 walk-up, 14 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 145 cars, 14 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Over $109,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 74,000 meal equivalents.

The first two photos below show volunteers Michelle and Heather picking up food and supplies for the Friday distribution at Owings Mills High.  The last two photos show Charlie, Kelly, and Brian loading up Charlie’s car.  They are part of our wonderful NED (Network Essentials Delivery) program, delivering supplies to students and families who cannot access food sites.

Covid-19: Week 46 of Food Distributions, January 29, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 251 cars, 6 walk-ups, 78 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 148 cars, 14 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 168 cars, 5 walk-ups, 14 deliveries

Over $113,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 74,000 meal equivalents.

 

The Bread Brigade picks up bread from downtown and delivers it to a distribution site early in the morning.

Covid-19: Week 45 of Food Distributions, January 22, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 262 cars, 6 walk-ups, 68 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 143 cars, 14 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 175 cars, 10 walk-ups, 15 deliveries

Almost $114,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 75,000 meal equivalents.

A big thank you to Nancy who made three trips in two days to pick up and deliver snack bags to our distribution sites at Parkville High School and Loch Raven Technical Academy – the logistics of pick up and delivery can get complicated, but Nancy just sailed through and got the job done.

Photo shows Nancy (on right) and Phoebe (on left) yesterday when Nancy delivered the snack bags, which were greatly appreciated by families.

Covid-19: Week 44 of Food Distributions, January 15, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 260 cars, 8 walk-ups, 62 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 152 cars, 1 walk-up, 15 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 165 cars, 9 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Almost $116,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 74,000 meal equivalents.

A lot to be grateful for this Friday: Julie dropped off mittens, gloves, scarves and hats from the Glen Meadows Retirement Community; Carla in her magical car brought donated bread goods from Weis Markets in Towson; Jeff and Joe of the Bread Brigade brought bread to Loch Raven Technical; and volunteers at Owings Mills distributed the bread that Jeff and the Brigade bring every week, donated by H&S Bakery downtown.  Jeff has put over 2,200 miles on his truck for the Network!  And the Ford Foundation donated thousands of masks for service events and distributions.

Covid-19: Week 43 of Food Distributions, January 8, 2021

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 249 cars, 4 walk-ups, 42 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 147 cars, 7 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 163 cars, 9 walk-ups, 11 deliveries

Over $98,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 71,000 meal equivalents.

Great new beginning today at Loch Raven Technical Academy, with Phoebe as the new site coordinator for our distributions today (in front at left). She’ll be joined next week by Julie and they will work together. Behind Phoebe, all of our great volunteers who make this distribution possible every week.  So grateful and proud of all volunteers every Friday, and also of the ones who work tirelessly throughout the week to make these distributions possible! Many hours go into what we see here.  [Please note: all volunteers less than 6 feet apart in this photo live together]. Cars were lining up by 8:30 today at this site – the distribution starts at 11 am.

Another wonderful Network volunteer helping out at Parkville HS today: Kelly has been instrumental in helping organize the NED (Network Essentials Deliveries) program.  Volunteers deliver food and supplies to families in dire need who cannot access food sites.

Every week, Barb’s car looks like this when she delivers donations for our distribution at Loch Raven Technical – this was her car today.  She has been doing bags like this for nearly 10 months now and has involved other volunteers and her family too.

In addition to developing a colored coding system to keep family orders together, Kelly developed signs with names to help NED drivers find their orders for pick up. This helps facilitate getting drivers out quickly in their narrow time frame. Creative thinking from our volunteers is a big part of how successful our distributions/deliveries are at our sites.

Words Of Gratitude For LRHS Adopt-A-Family Program, January 6, 2021

We received a message from Caryn Putchat, the wonderful Social Worker at Loch Raven High School who helped us start on the path to the Student Support Network five years ago – with messages of thanks from families assisted through the Adopt A Family Program in December. Special thanks to MaryBeth Koliha Protzman who did such a great job of coordinating this program again in 2020!

“I wanted to share some of the thank you’s that I received on your behalf from families who benefited from the holiday drive. I wish that I had been able to transcribe some of the in-person thank you’s that I received as well during the gift pickups. Your hard work and generosity make such a difference, and I am incredibly grateful for the Loch Raven Network as is our whole school community.

Below are some direct quotes; one family actually sent me a video recording of their saying thank you and sent me an individual thank you for everything the Network has done for them (they are on our gift card mailing list) that made me cry.  I always tell families that I am accepting their words of thanks on your behalf, as you and the volunteers and donors are the folks who deserve all the appreciation. Here’s what families told me in email”:

“…me and my family greatly appreciate the Christmas gifts so much. Thanks to all person(s)who blessed us like that!”

“I’m very grateful for the gifts. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas from us both.”

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for everything. You made Christmas really happen for my children and I. We are truly grateful.”

“We appreciate it from our hearts.”

“Thank you for the gifts…we greatly appreciated them!”

Covid-19: Week 42 of Food Distributions, December 29, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 251 cars, 5 walk-ups, 51 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 135 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 166 cars, 9 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Almost $116,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 77,000 meal equivalents.

Delegate Cathi Forbes, Lead Volunteer at Loch Raven Technical Academy’s weekly distributions since May, was honored today for her volunteer service.  She is giving up her role because she is returning to Annapolis for the start of this year’s legislative session.  WBAL was there to report.

Covid-19: Week 41 of Food Distributions, December 22, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 279 cars, 6 walk-ups, 43 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 151 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 203 cars, 9 walk-ups, 15 deliveries

Almost $113,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 76,000 meal equivalents.

In addition to diapers, period products, and essential household items, we also had COVID-19 kits from St. Joe’s, and books from the Maryland Book Bank. Food is paramount, but for health and well-being, we are so pleased that the Network can provide other essentials too.

Loch Raven High School Adopt-A-Family Program Celebrates Its Fifth Year, December 22, 2020

Thanks to MaryBeth Koliha Protzman who ran the program, many other Network volunteers, and Caryn Putchat and other school staff at Loch Raven High School, the Adopt a Family Program for the December holidays just celebrated its fifth year!  The program continues the tradition of helping families that began back in 2015, which led to the founding of the Loch Raven Network and later the Student Support Network. The amazing response five years ago at Loch Raven High School showed us what people can do when they find out their neighbors are in need. And we are still going strong!

Covid-19: Week 40 of Food Distributions, December 18, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 236 cars, 4 walk-ups, 71 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 208 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 145 cars, 2 walk-ups, 19 deliveries

Almost $106,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 74,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 39 of Food Distributions, December 11, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 281 cars, 8 walk-ups, 69 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 170 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 181 cars, 8 walk-ups, 15 deliveries

Over $114,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 76,000 meal equivalents.

Our fearless and creative volunteers, June and Sharon, were determined to get everything in the back of their car for the distribution at Owings Mills High School December 11. And they did it — unbelievable!

A Reminder Of Why We Do What We Do, December 6, 2020

Your donations and volunteer hours at work – a message of gratitude from Jesse, a Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) in BCPS for the assistance we are providing:

I am a PPW in the Dundalk area and a few months ago I began delivering food and essentials to my families in the Battle Monument/Gen John Stricker/Patapsco area. I had heard about the incredible operation at Parkville High from my colleagues…however I was amazed once I saw it in person.  I cannot believe how many families you help every week. Friday mornings are now the absolute highlight of my work week. Yara and Beth have been so accommodating and helpful, I cannot thank you all enough.

SSN has provided me a way to support my families with a stable and consistent source of essentials over the past year when schools were closed and so much was unknown. Many families do not have reliable transportation, they are busy working or supervising their young children and grandchildren during remote learning classes. SSN is their weekly lifeline.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Jesse, Pupil Personnel Worker, Baltimore County Public Schools

Covid-19: Week 38 of Food Distributions, December 4, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 278 cars, 8 walk-ups, 57 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 150 cars, 1 walk-up, 8 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 146 cars, 4 walk-ups, 23 deliveries

Over $110,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 74,000 meal equivalents.

The weather was lousy but the volunteers were dedicated and determined!

Covid-19: Week 37 of Food Distributions, November 24, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 313 cars, 8 walk-ups, 41 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 210 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 211 cars, 19 walk-ups, 14 deliveries

Over $114,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 79,000 meal equivalents. 

Today’s distribution was our pre-Thanksgiving distribution and we were lucky enough to be able to provide turkeys and chickens for Thanksgiving dinners — thanks to our wonderful donors.

The photos below were provided by Vicki Almond who, with her volunteer team, manages the distribution every week at Owings Mills High School.  Vicki’s comment:  “Thank you Sean and Brody trucking for keeping our turkeys and chickens cool and fresh at our distribution today. Ox, our driver, you are amazing!”

The photos below were provided by Delegate Cathi Forbes, who manages the distributions at Loch Raven Technical Academy each week.  Her note:

“We held a special pre-Thanksgiving Student Support Network distribution today at Loch Raven Technical Academy.  My merry (and mighty) band of volunteers sorted, hauled, lifted and gave out food and essential items to hundreds of families in need. Including 140 turkeys generously donated by Weis Markets in Fullerton Plaza! Those in line today were so grateful. And so am I.”

Covid-19: Week 36 of Food Distributions, November 20, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at four sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, Loch Raven Academy, and Cockeysville Middle School:

Parkville High School: 295 cars, 12 walk-ups, 60 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 171 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 179 cars, 12 walk-ups, 17 deliveries

Cockeysville Middle School:  120 cars, 8 walk-ups, 9 deliveries

Over $114,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 79,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 35 of Food Distributions, November 13, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 288 cars, 7 walk-ups, 51 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 202 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 199 cars, 12 walk-ups, 19 deliveries

Over $106,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 77,000 meal equivalents.

This is a difficult photo but we felt we needed to show how the need has increased – the number of people visiting our sites for assistance has doubled since May of this year.  This photo shows a line of cars at Parkville High School that is so long that it fills the school parking lot and snakes out onto Putty Hill Avenue.

Stories From People Your Donations Have Helped, November 12, 2020

Our three distribution sites have consistently served over 4,000 people a week since the end of September. At Parkville High School alone, the Network distribution assisted 2,000 students and their families last week.

Below are some of the students and families we help through your monetary or in-kind donations, as reported by school staff at Network schools:

 

“I still have many families whose circumstances have not changed. One mom is a daycare worker who was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic. She can not bring her children to work, so she has not returned, since she cannot leave them home unattended all day. She survives off of the gift cards we mail to her, the Friday food distribution and the help from her mom when she can offer it.”

“Another family that is still struggling is a grandmother taking care of her two grand sons – one high school (special needs) and one middle. She is unable to work due to her own disability, so she supports her grandkids and herself through a disability check. She lives with a friend from church, because she lost her place last year. The Network delivers to her on Fridays, because she does not drive and cannot leave the one grandson unattended.”

“I have several families without transportation or without means to have their car fixed at this time. I have other families that have experienced job loss due to the type of job they have isn’t feasible during COVID and isn’t something they can do from home.”

“I also have several families that have children in 2 or 3 different schools so their full-time job is managing their children’s different schedules and acting as additional instructional support for their kids all day at home. Many families have medical situations occurring and a few families have sadly had to plan 1 or more funerals recently.”

Covid-19: Week 34 of Food Distributions, November 6, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 256 cars, 5 walk-ups, 39 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 142 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 168 cars, 7 walk-ups, 14 deliveries

Almost $89,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 56,000 meal equivalents.

Why Your Help Is So Important, November 4, 2020

A message from a social worker of a Network school:

I just got the following in an email from a parent who lost their job and has been struggling given COVID challenges and wanted to forward to you:

“I just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Giant gift card. Thank you so very much and please tell the folks at the Student Support Network that I am forever grateful for their help.”

Covid-19: Week 33 of Food Distributions, October 30, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at four sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, Loch Raven Academy, and Cockeysville Middle School:

Parkville High School: 316 cars, 5 walk-ups, 72 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 130 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 128 cars, 5 walk-ups, 14 deliveries

Cockeysville Middle School:  71 cars, 3 walk-ups

Almost $128,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 81,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 32 of Food Distributions, October 23, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 241 cars, 5 walk-ups, 35 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 128 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 180 cars, 16 walk-ups, 15 deliveries

Over $120,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 80,000 meal equivalents.

There was a great colorful fall addition to food distributions today – pumpkins! Many thanks to First Fruits Farm, Inc. for donating them, and to Amy of the Gathering Point Giving Circle for bringing them down to us! Additional thanks to  Cathi Forbes, our wonderful site coordinator at Loch Raven Technical Academy.

Covid-19: Week 31 of Food Distributions, October 16, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 238 cars, 5 walk-ups, 18 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 140 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 185 cars, 8 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Over $126,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 83,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 30 of Food Distributions, October 9, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 237 cars, 6 walk-ups, 17 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 156 cars, 1 walk-up, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 165 cars, 13 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Cockeysville Middle School:  69 cars, 1 walk-up, 2 deliveries

Almost $123,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 80,000 meal equivalents.

Cockeysville Middle School Hosts Its First Network Distribution, October 9, 2020

The first Network distribution on Friday, October 9 at Cockeysville Middle School was a great success: 350 students and their families were helped through the Network and its partnership with churches and other organizations.

State Delegate Michele Guyton was one of the Site Coordinators and made this great video!

Hear From A Few People Who Have Attended Our Weekly Distributions, October 6, 2020

We are so grateful to our Baltimore County neighbors who have shared their stories about why they come to our weekly distribution sites at Parkville High School, Loch Raven Technical Academy, and Owings Mills High School.  To hear their stories, click here.

Covid-19: Week 29 of Food Distributions, October 2, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 247 cars, 11 walk-ups, 16 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 126 cars, 1 walk-up, 8 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 164 cars, 6 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $117,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 71,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 28 of Food Distributions, September 25, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 236 cars, 4 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 158 cars, 2 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 166 cars, 14 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $93,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 48,000 meal equivalents.

Incredible effort by Network volunteers at Parkville High School today – 200 cars in four hours!  The other sites, Loch Raven Technical and Owings Mills High School were also very busy. Today marks six months of Fridays that the Student Support Network has been doing food distributions — since March 20 — which have grow to include many other non-food essential items, including diapers and period products.  The 10,000th pack of of period products was given out today. So very proud of our amazing volunteers and donors for helping our neighbors in need!

Covid-19: Week 27 of Food Distributions, September 18, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 243 cars, 5 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 126 cars, 2 walk-ups, 8 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 149 cars, 7 walk-ups, 14 deliveries

Over $83,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 56,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 26 of Food Distributions, September 11, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 220 cars, 8 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 124 cars, 2 walk-ups, 8 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 168 cars, 7 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $55,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 41,000 meal equivalents.

Message to the Student Support Network from the Principal of Halstead Academy, September 2020

Dear Student Support Network,

Words can’t begin to describe the excitement and curiosity on students’ faces as they came to Halstead to pick up their learning bags and saw the bright colored and sparkly personal lap desks. We are incredibly thankful for your generous donation of 250 lap desks for our students. The lap desks will provide students with their own personal, mobile learning space. A device is a necessity in the delivery of remote learning, but the learning supplies and the tools to create a space conducive for learning are equally important. Students were thrilled to learn that they would be able to take their own lap desk home to help them be successful. We are thankful for our partnership with you and for your commitment to support our community. Thank you for helping to make our supply distribution a success!

All the best,

The Halstead Family

Covid-19: Week 25 of Food Distributions, September 4, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 249 cars, 8 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 152 cars, 1 walk-up, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 166 cars, 10 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $64,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 57,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 24 of Food Distributions, August 28, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 257 cars, 5 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 178 cars, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 154 cars, 10 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $63,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 46,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 23 of Food Distributions, August 21, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 277 cars, 2 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 213 cars, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 172 cars, 4 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $59,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 42,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 22 of Food Distributions, August 14, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 242 cars, 2 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 152 cars, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 158 cars, 2 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $57,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 42,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 21 of Food Distributions, August 7, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 231 cars, 5 walk-ups, 10 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 173 cars, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 147 cars, 2 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $63,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 52,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 20 of Food Distributions, July 31, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 301 cars, 5 walk-ups, 7 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 172 cars, 1 walk-up, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 146 cars, 2 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Over $58,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 41,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 19 of Food Distributions, July 24, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 310 cars, 5 walk-ups, 24 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 167 cars, 5 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 147 cars, 1 walk-up, 12 deliveries

Over $65,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost  49,000 meal equivalents.

Covid-19: Week 18 of Food Distributions, July 17, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 181 cars, 7 walk-ups, 16 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 158 cars, 7 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 143 cars

Over $56,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost  41,000 meal equivalents.

Many thanks to Glyndon United Methodist Church for the generous donations of their congregation to our students and families going to the site at Owings Mills High School!

Another big thank-you to four of our younger volunteers:

  • Nick, for his hard work in thinking about, shopping for, and assembling 25 fun bags for younger children – and also for keeping the donations coming from Elite Spice – both precious life-enhancers for families in crisis. This is the second time Nick and his equally wonderful mom Tracy have worked on kits for children.
  • Abby, for her hard work in supplying thousands of packs of period products every week to our sites – also supported by another amazing mom, Phoebe. The Girl Scouts are nominating Abby for the Maryland Commission for Women Covid Shero Award!
  • Piper, who recently turned 8 and for her birthday told her parents that she didn’t want more “stuff” — she wanted to help her community. Donations poured in to help make her birthday wish come true.
  • Natalie, who, for her Girl Scout Silver Award project, is collecting diapers, wipes, baby shampoo and other baby supplies for the Student Support Network. She will distribute these every week to the approximately 140 cars that come to Loch Raven Technical Academy for help

And a final thank you to State Delegate Harry Bhandari for volunteering today at our distribution site at Parkville High School, and to Dr. Michele Guyton, MD State House of Delegates District 42B who was back volunteering again!

Covid-19: Week 17 of Food Distributions, July 10, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 301 cars, 4 walk-ups, 13 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 140 cars, 1 walk-up, 2 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 132 cars, 1 walk-ups, 9 deliveries

Over $50,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented over 40,000 meal equivalents.

We are forever grateful for the major continuing donations from Baltimore County Government made possible by our County Executive John Olszewski Jr., bread through arrangements with the Maryland Hunger Project, Abby Letocha’s period product packs (over 2,000 so far), thousands of diapers weekly from anonymous donors, and the donations appearing on porches and in front of garages every week.

 

This week two donors made up 100 “fun bags” – 50 for younger children and 50 for older students.

At Loch Raven Technical Academy in Towson, thanks to Baltimore County Government, we had dozens of eggs today.  Cathi Forbes celebrated with Jesse Albright of Albright Farms, who delivered them.  All of our sites had eggs today!

And we had thousands of diapers – for Parkville High School and Owings Mills High School as well!

There was a much appreciated post from Dr. Michele Guyton, MD State House of Delegates District 42B – her first time volunteering at our distribution at Parkville High School:

“I had the gift of a wonderfully positive day today thanks to Student Support Network at Parkville High School. Yara Chiekh ran an efficient team of delightful volunteers. Thanks to Baltimore County Executive Johnny O’s Office, ( which distributes over 110 TONS of food each WEEK to families in the County) we gave out produce, bread, eggs, and basic groceries to feed about 1000 people in a few hours! Other businesses and private donors provided diapers, “period packs” snack bags and pet food to some really grateful recipients. This was the highlight of my week and reinforced my strong belief that the people of 42B are generous and have beautifully kind spirits. Laurie Taylor-Mitchell has made the Student Support Network a driving force in the fight against poverty and food insecurity in Baltimore County for years, but it has never been more needed than NOW! I cannot wait to do it again!Please note that 42B’s very own Albright Farms provided the eggs! Families were so happy to receive them!!!!”

Covid-19: Week 16 of Food Distributions, July 3, 2020

Food, grocery cards, and essential products were distributed at our three sites — Parkville High School, Owings Mills High School, and Loch Raven Academy:

Parkville High School: 268 cars, 7 walk-ups, 12 deliveries

Owings Mills High School: 138 cars, 2 walk-ups, 2 deliveries

Loch Raven Academy: 131 cars, 2 walk-ups, 9 deliveries

Over $49,000 of food and non-food products was distributed; the food represented almost 40,000 meal equivalents.

Many thanks to Cathi Forbes and all of the other volunteers today at Loch Raven Technical – distributing food, produce and essential items – and to Chris McCollum for his truck-driving skills to bring us extra produce and eggs today!

From Delegate Cathi Forbes

HUNGER DOESN’T TAKE A HOLIDAY. Thank you to all the wonderful Student Support Network volunteers helping me distribute food today at Loch Raven Technical Academy.

I love to watch the front of this school transform in a matter of hours from an empty driveway to a vital resource for our community.

We’re serving hundreds of families here every Friday, thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, as well as County Executive Johnny Olszewski and his team.

Great to see Delegate Dana Stein volunteering with Vicki Almond at the Owings Mills High School distribution as he has done several times – thank you!

From Delegate Dana Stein (who was with Vicki Almond and Jonathan Schwartz):

Glad to join Vicki Almond and her dedicated group of volunteers today at Owings Mills High School. As part of the Student Support Network, Vicki and Bob Frank lead weekly efforts that distribute food and supplies to families in Northwest Baltimore County. Today, the group distributed food to hundreds of families, representing more than 1,000 individuals!