Supports for Families During Government Shutdown

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 2:54pm

Our thoughts are with our TRES families and families across the nation who are impacted by the government shutdown. Howard County families who have lost pay due to the federal government shutdown may immediately apply for the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program and the HCPSS Food and Nutrition Office will determine their eligibility status within 24-48 hours. Families that would not ordinarily qualify for the FARMs program could be eligible for the remainder of the school year because of the current loss of income. Families that are adversely impacted, including those who do not receive FARMs assistance, will have the remainder of the school year to pay off any meal balances incurred during the government shutdown.

Additionally, many students may be suffering fear or anxiety about their family’s current financial situation. Student Services staff at each school are prepared and available to assist students at any time during the school day. Numerous resources for families are identified on the HCPSS website, and other supports are available through the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services.

"No child should go hungry and no parent should fear their child will not eat because they cannot afford to pay for meals during this government shutdown period," said Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. "The shutdown of the federal government has caused financial insecurity for so many of our friends and neighbors and undue stress and anxiety on their children. I encourage families to take advantage of the resources available in the county and contact their school principal if they have any additional questions."

Please do not hesitate to contact  us if your children or family needs assistance.