Howard schools expand free meals program and add more sites as closures continue amid coronavirus pandemic

With the extended state-mandated public school closure, the Howard County Public School System is ramping up its free meals program, now providing food items at 13 sites across the county.

Beginning Monday, the school system will add three new meal distribution sites, a daily snack and, starting April 3, children will receive weekend meals, according to a Thursday news release.


State schools Superintendent Karen Salmon announced Wednesday that the statewide public school closure would continue through April 24, a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

County meal sites

  • Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City
  • Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia
  • Swansfield Elementary School, 5610 Cedar Lane, Columbia
  • Cradlerock Elementary School/Lake Elkhorn Middle School, 6680 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
  • Talbott Springs Elementary School, 9550 Basket Ring Road, Columbia
  • Wilde Lake Middle School, 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, Laurel
  • Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge
  • Ducketts Lane Elementary School, 6501 Ducketts Lane, Elkridge
  • Bushy Park Elementary School, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood
  • Monarch Mills Apartments, 7600 Monarch Mills Way, Columbia
  • Forest Ridge Apartments, 5890 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia
  • Bethel Christian Academy, Campus 1, 8455 Savage Guilford Road, Savage

Each weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., all children younger than age 18 can go to one of the 12 meal sites and receive several “Grab-N-Go” items including a snack, lunch and dinner for the current day, and breakfast for the next morning.


Children are encouraged to bring a bag each day to pick up the meals.

There will be no meal services April 10 or April 13 due to the Easter holiday.

The weekend meals will be provided at all locations except Bethel Christian Academy and the Forest Ridge and Monarch Mills apartment complexes.

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