Update meal Service Information
In addition to providing meals for students receiving in-person instruction, MCPS will continue to provide breakfast and lunch meals to students at designated food distribution sites.
More information will be posted on the meal services web page: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/
Bulk Meal Boxes Available for MCPS Families
The Division of Food and Nutrition Services is providing bulk box meals to help accommodate the schedules of working parents and meet the needs of MCPS students. DFNS will distribute boxes on Tuesdays (3 Day Meal Box) & Fridays (4 Day Meal Box) at two designated locations. More information can be found here.
Mill Creek Parish UMC Food Distribution
Mill Creek Parish UMC has a food distribution ministry set up to provide food for distribution to local families experiencing food instability. They distribute a box of pre-selected canned/boxed foods and fresh produce and perishables as available on a bi-weekly basis. There is no pre-qualification needed, however they do need each family to register to receive food so that they can be sure to have enough boxes prepared for distribution day and also for contact tracing.
Here is the link to a short Google registration form (English and Spanish). https://forms.gle/nFwAv2tRoASURZv6A
Here is the distribution information: Loaves & Fishes Food Ministry; Mill Creek Parish UMC, 7101 Horizon Terrace, Derwood, MD 20855; firstname.lastname@example.org; Se habla español. 301-926-9024 or 301-332-4612
Distributions on 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month
Upcoming dates: March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15, May 6, May 20
MCPS Planning to Offer System Wide Summer Programs
MCPS is planning a variety of summer programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Programs will be focused on helping students accelerate learning following this unprecedented school year, with a focus on mathematics, literacy and preparing for the next grade level. More information is available here.
- The County's EARP Program is expanding and now more people may qualify.
- The EARP Program provides financial assistance to:
- low-income households who do not qualify for other types of federal or state support
- low-income families with an adult who has lost income due to a household member having COVID-19
- Visit the County's website to learn more about the new eligibility guidelines and to apply online.
- Immigration status is not required for this program.
- This program does not count as public charge.
- For low-income families with children at MCPS schools who attend a qualifying full-day childcare program.
- Short term program which may provide assistance paying for childcare between October and January.
- Childcare providers must be licensed and participating in the program.
- If you are eligible for other child care subsidy programs, you must apply for those first.
- See program website and Instructions for Parents (English / Espanol) for more info and to apply online.
- Can provide assistance to families with undocumented children.
For questions, contact the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center at 240-777-4940, Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.
MCPS to Provide Triple Meal Service on Fridays
MCPS is increasing to a triple meal service on Fridays to help address food insecurity for MCPS students over the weekend. The district will also continue to partner with local nonprofits, faith-based organizations, County Government agencies, and others to provide food and other critical resources to the community. More information is available at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/reopening/meals/.
Parent Academy Launches To-Go Virtual Webinars
Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO. Parent Academy TO GO is a series of virtual webinars for families to watch at home.
September and October webinars are listed on the Parent Academy website.