Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has launched a new map on the Howard County Government website that will assist residents seeking access to free meals or food pantries. There are more than 30 locations across the county that offer groceries and fresh and frozen meals for students, residents and older adults in need.
From Howard County’s website:
“No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and COVID-19 has forced many of our residents into unimaginable financial situations,” said Ball. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, more than 44,000 Howard County residents have filed for unemployment or pandemic assistance, it’s clear access to food and groceries is one of the most urgent needs our residents are facing. We’ve seen our community organizations, non-profits, and neighbors step-up to support one another, and we saw an opportunity to make it easier for folks to find what they need. This map clearly shows the daily options for groceries, food pantries, and meal pickups, and will hopefully reduce the stress for many people trying to figure out where to find the resources they need.”
The food distribution map is the latest in a series of maps released by Howard County. The first map, released just after the coronavirus shutdown, shows residents where they can find carry-out and delivery meals. A second map lists direct-to-consumer farms where residents can buy meat, produce, and dairy products. A third map allows community businesses and residents to find locations where they can drop-off grocery donations.
For more information, visit Howard County’s website.