Assistance Center of Towson Churches Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
Thirty years of community service providing emergency supplies of food for hungry people
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6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015
Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson, MD 21204
Live Music | Silent Auction | Food Tasting
Enjoy a night out swinging and swaying to live music by Frank & Friends
while helping ACTC continue its mission of reaching out to those in need.
Admission: $30. Number of people: _____ Total: _____ Check in on the guest list at the door event night. Please write check payable to Assistance Center of Towson Churches (designate Hunger Bites) and mail to: Cathy Burgess, Assistance Center of Towson Churches, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204, or charge online at www.actconline.info using Special Event Add to Cart button. For more information or questions, call ACTC 410.296.4855.
ACTC, an ecumenical consortium of 48 churches, has provided emergency food for hungry families, individuals and the homeless for 30 years. In 2014, ACTC assisted 26,197 people and gave out 364,488 pounds of food. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for hunger relief. Learn more about ACTC at www.actconline.info or call 410.296.4855.
At the GTCCA meeting on September 17, 2015, GTCCA delegate Laurie Taylor-Mitchell briefly mentioned these statistics.
These statistics (compiled from data from the Maryland State Dept. of Education) show the numbers of children receiving Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) at schools and centers in the County. The asterisks indicate that there is a food pantry in the school.
The schools are organized by Councilmanic district. From left to right, the numbers for 2014 show how many children at a school receive FARM, the percentage of the student population, changes over the last 10 years, and increase or decrease since 2004.
- In the 5th Councilmanic District, 8 of 18 schools have poverty rates of 30% or more (two at 29.8% and 29.4% rounded up to 30% in poverty), and 2 schools have over 50% of children living in poverty. In the 1st, 4th, 6th, and 7th Districts, the majority of students in those schools live in poverty.
In 2013, the United Way of Central Maryland calculated the income needed to be self-sufficient in Baltimore County for a family of three (an adult and two children) to be $66,000 a year, or about 330% of the federal poverty guideline. The cost of living in Maryland, particularly for housing, is high.
Families in Baltimore County with incomes above 200% of the poverty guidelines (maximum to qualify for reduced meal rates) but below 330% of the federal poverty level are basically living in poverty and are not reflected in the data for the schools: “across all of Maryland’s counties the income needed to meet basic needs is far above the Federal Poverty Level.” [i]
- The current federal poverty guideline for a family of three in the lower 48 states is $20,090.[ii]
- Food Insecurity: In 2013, in Baltimore County over 33,000 children struggled with food insecurity, representing 18.7% of children in the County, and an increase from 31,190 in 2012.
- This level is the second highest level in the state and slightly more than Baltimore City.[iii]
- Over 100,000 people in Baltimore County experience food insecurity, and about 46% of them will not qualify for federal nutrition assistance.[iv]
[i] United Way of Central Maryland, (2013) United Way of Central Maryland: the State of Basic Needs, 2013, PDF. According to the United Way of Central Maryland (same document) in Howard County, the income required for self-sufficiency is close to 400% of the federal poverty level.
[ii] U.S. Federal: http://aspe.hhs.gov/2015-poverty-guidelines#threshholds
Towson Clean Up
Saturday, October 17
Greater Towson Council of Community Associations
Towson Chamber of Commerce
Twice a year (Spring and Fall), our three groups do projects in downtown Towson and in many Towson neighborhoods, schools and parks. In the past, projects have included:
- Trash pick-up
- Graffiti removal (paint over)
- Weed pulling
- Park clean-up
- Tree Plantings
We are also looking for some neighbors that want to do a project or clean-up in their neighborhood. We can staff your project with Towson University student volunteers but they need supervision. Email us by October 9 to schedule the student volunteers!
We welcome volunteers who want to do their own project or come help in downtown Towson – Examples: cleaning up a particular street, park, alley, etc.
The Towson Chamber can provide bags, gloves, paint, etc. We will also have trucks to come pick-up your bags and debris. You need to call the Chamber to call in a pick-up. Email Mike Ertel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call Nancy at the Towson Chamber (410) 825-1144.
Attempts to increase the fees that Baltimore County developers pay for open-space projects have stalled again.
County Councilman David Marks introduced and then withdrew a resolution that would have increased some of those fees. His district includes Towson, where residents have been pushing for greater fees to help pay for parks and sports fields they say are needed.Marks introduced the resolution this month but withdrew it before a scheduled public hearing last week.
Source: Open space debate continues in Baltimore County – Baltimore Sun
A newly formed environmental group is bringing surrounding neighborhoods together to draw attention to the need for more trees and open space — and to have a say in Baltimore County’s development approval and comprehensive rezoning process.
The Green Towson Alliance includes representatives from 10 Towson-area communities so far, with plans to add more neighborhoods.
In a press release last week, the nonprofit group says, “A large group of Towson environmental activists has joined forces (and) is already monitoring Towson’s development process in an effort to increase greenness and open space in downtown Towson.”
Source: Green Towson Alliance wants a say in development – Baltimore Sun