RESOURCES - Information regarding family resources

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:02pm

Effective March 1,2021, meals for seven days per week will continue to be provided at no cost to students; however, the days and times meals will be provided will change. Meals will be available in most schools, including those that have been closed for construction and those closed due to inadequate staffing.

Meals will be available for pickup from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9-10 a.m. at middle and high school locations on the following weekdays:

  • Mondays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under
  • Wednesdays – Students in Groups E, A or B
  • Thursdays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

There will be no pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays. Pick-up times/locations are subject to change based on individual school needs and/or staffing.

Full details on 2020-2021 fall meals for students, including designee forms and more.


The Howard County MultiService Center
9900 Washington Blvd., Suite I, Laurel
Mondays and Wednesdays • Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Third Saturday of Each Month
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
To protect both clients and staff, food items are
pre-packaged in "grab and go" bags. Let us know
if you have any food allergies, and we will do
our best to accommodate your needs.
If you need this information in an alternate format, contact the MSC at 410-313-0220 (voice/relay) or If you need accommodations to participate, call at least one week in advance.

The Howard County MultiService Center
9900 Washington Blvd., Suite I, Laurel
Lunes y Miercoles • De 12:00 a 4:00 p.m.
Tercer sábado de cada mes
9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.
Para proteger a los clientes y al personal,
los alimentos son pre-empacados para
“Recoger y llevar” las bolsas. Dejanos saber
si tienes alergi a algun alimento para
ajustarnos a tus necesidades.
If you need this information in an alternate format, contact the MSC at 410-313-0220 (voice/relay) or If you need accommodations to participate, call at least one week in advance.


Free Food Distribution
The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Foods, and we have received a grant from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute boxes of food that contain 30.5 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat. The boxes will be distributed on Saturdays in March beginning at 10:00 am and ending at noon, or earlier if the food is gone. The distribution will take place at Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge, MD 21075, on the following dates:
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Each vehicle or walker will be eligible to receive one box of food, and all participants must wear a face mask during pickup. There are no income or documentation restrictions. We have requested over 2,000 boxes of food, but once the food is gone it is gone. You are welcome to come each week that the program is available to receive food.
We will need lots of volunteers to make this program a success. Please visit our Sign Up Genius to sign up to help.
Questions? Please contact This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.


Distribución de Comida, Gratis La Comunidad Católica deAscensióny St. Agustín, asociado conLancaster Foods, ha recibido una beca del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) para distribuir cajas de comidalas cuales contienen30.5libras defrutas, verduras, lácteos, ycarnes frescas. Las cajas serán distribuidas los sábadosen marzoempezandoalas10:00 am yterminandoa mediodía, o antes si terminela comida. La distribuciónseria ubicadoen Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 DuckettsLane, Elkridge, MD 21075, en las siguientes fechas:Sabado, 6 de marzo de 2021Sabado, 13de marzo de 2021Sabado, 20de marzo de 2021Sabado, 27 de marzo de 2021Cada vehículoo peatónserá eligible recibir unacaja de comida, y es obligatorio que todosparticipantes usen mascarilla de cara durante el recoge. No hay ninguna restricción de ingreso o documentación. Hemos pedido más de 2,000 cajas de comida, pero cuando se acaba la comida, se acabó.En confianza, usted pueda venir cada semana que estadisponible el programapara recibir comida.VoluntariosPara tener éxito en este programa, necesitaremos muchos voluntarios. Favor de visitar nuestro enlacedeSign Up Genius apuntarse ayudar.¿Preguntas?Favor de comunicarse programa no está patrocinado o aprobado por el Sistema Publico de Escuelas del Condado de Howard


  • Rental Assistance (Information in English, Korean & Spanish) - COVID - Housing Information - Beginning January 4, 2021, Howard County residents whose income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of assistance with paying past due rent, mortgage payments and/or to prevent eviction, there's help. Note, maximum assistance per household is six (6) months of housing expense and household income limits apply.
  • The Multi Service Center - Laurel
    • Updated flyer in English & Spanish
      • NEW - Added pick-up time on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month. Remaining times have stayed the same, Monday & Wednesday 12 PM to 4 PM. 


Howard County Learning Hubs (Links to an external site.) (Flyers in English & Spanish) 

  • 4 Locations - Ellicott City 50+ Center, North Laurel 50+ Center, The Bain 50+ Center (Columbia), & Oakland Mills Interfaith Center
  • Howard County Learning Hubs are facilitated by Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (LTYC) to provide a structured, safe environment to assist students and families with daily remote learning. Program includes:
    • Socially Distanced Structured Learning Environment
    • Virtual Learning & Homework Support
    • Arts Enrichment Classes in Visual Arts, Theatre, Creative Writing, Music & more!
    • Classes in College & Career Readiness, Social Emotional Learning, & Social Justice
    • Daily Breakfast & Lunch
    • Transportation Available!


A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc.

We are an 18-year-old nonprofit organization that provides free support for Howard County elementary and middle school students

     * What is Virtual Mentoring?

          Two friends meeting on Zoom once per week, laughing, chatting, playing games, and working on homework.

     * Who are the Mentors?

          A-OK mentors are trustworthy, on-time, and excited to support students.

     * When is Mentoring?

          Mentoring happens virtually on Wednesdays at 12pm, 4pm, or 6pm. Click here to see a 15-second clip:

Click here to register your student for a mentor from A-OK: | Have a question? Tiene una pregunta?


Towson University College of Education Tutors

We understand the impact the shift to virtual learning has had on all students, but in particular our underserved student populations. Therefore, the TU College of Education has established the COE TUtors program.

COE TUtors is a freeonline tutoring program for K-12 students in Maryland. The tutors are teacher candidates at Towson University. With support and guidance from faculty members, they will design lessons for each tutoring session based on students’ needs and will provide families with feedbackon student progress.

The program will offer:

     •tutoring in specific content areas (math, reading, writing)

     •additional support for students with exceptionalities

     •English language support

Tutoring sessions will occur weeklyand last 30-60 minutes.

All tutoring sessions will occur via Zoom. You can learn more about the policies for tutoring sessions on the COE TUtors site at

Interested families can apply for the spring semester starting on January 18. The application form will be posted on the COE TUtors site.