Cars line Putty Hill Ave waiting for free food at Parkville High School on April 17
  1. BALTIMORE COUNTY has the 3rd Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in the State.

2. BALTIMORE COUNTY is 1st in Unemployment Claims in the State for 5 weeks running.

3. BALTIMORE COUNTY had the 3rd highest number of food-insecure residents in the State before the onset of COVID-19.

4. As job losses have mounted, a bad food-insecurity challenge has snowballed:

Our small organization in Baltimore County … has been collecting and distributing food at two distribution sites one day a week since schools closed three weeks ago in Maryland. Despite marked increases in donations ..., we are still regularly running out of food in about an hour as the need is growing exponentially each week. We are getting e-mails from parents who have lost jobs and are running out of food for their children. (Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, President, Student Support Network).

5. While the costs of addressing the present challenge are unknown, feedingamerica.org put the annual unmet cost for food-insecure individuals in Baltimore County before the pandemic at a staggering $49 MILLION.

6. The Federal CARES act adds a new charitable deduction for taxpayers who take the standard deduction and do not itemize.

  • The deduction is up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple).

  • It is an "above-the-line" adjustment, meaning that it will reduce a donor's adjusted gross income (AGI) and thereby reduce taxable income.