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Principaling in a Pandemic Responses
New data released from the Maryland Department of Human Services shows a more than 400% increase in the number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications received in April of this year, as compared to March.
- In both Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, the increase in SNAP applications was upwards of 600%.
- Both Charles and Baltimore Counties also experienced more than four times the increase in applications.
- In Howard, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties, the number of applications more than tripled.
Every county across the state saw an increase in need, with nearly 150,000 applications received in April. Data for all counties is included in the table, below. Read our full statement here. We commend the staff at the Department of Human Services (DHS) for responding to this historic increase in need, while simultaneously transitioning to working from home and launching several new programs.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, is a federal school meal funding option that creates Hunger-Free Schools by offering school breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost to the families. Click here to learn more.
Given the connection between SNAP and Identified Student Percentages (ISPs), this summer presents a unique opportunity for CEP. Schools with ISPs over 40% can elect CEP to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students. Many schools will be CEP-eligible this year for the first time. The USDA’s COVID-19 waiver for CEP allows the use of ISP data from April 1 to June 30, 2020 this year (i.e. post-pandemic) and the deadline to elect CEP has been extended until August 31.
UPdates on Coronavirus information can be found through these links
MAESP Annual leadership in person conference rescheduled for november is now cancelled
MAESP is an affilate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).
Links to additional state affiliates are located at NAESP State Affiliates.