How You Can Help

We are so grateful to all of our supporters — individuals, organizations, and companies — who have provided critical help to Baltimore County students and their families who are dealing with poverty and food insecurity in these challenging times.  Whether you are new to the Student Support Network or are an ongoing supporter, here is a list of ways you can help.

 

To donate money, please go to our Donations page.

To donate time, please go to our Volunteers page.

To donate grocery cards, there are 2 options:

  1. Donate funds on our website via the Donations page by choosing the donation amount and then choosing “General Support” under donation categories
  2. Mail grocery cards or a check to Student Support Network, 1740 E. Joppa Rd., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21234

Cards of $15 to $50 in value are best.  Grocery stores include Giant, Safeway, Aldi, Shoppers, and Weis.

To donate to a Girl Scout project:

  • To donate to Abby, Ellie and Sara’s “Period Poverty” project, go to their Amazon Wishlist page

To donate food and other essential supplies for our Friday Distributions, there are 2 options:

  1. Go to our Amazon Wishlist page and purchase items for shipment to us
  2. Purchase needed items locally and drop them off at any of the neighborhood drop-off locations listed at the bottom of this page.  Please note the following:

 

Canned tuna fish or chicken

Canned fruit, black and white beans, kidney beans, baked beans (without pork)

Spaghetti with sauce

Boxed Mac and Cheese

Canned soups

Needed food items:

Canned carrots, green beans

Boxed pasta

Bags of rice (small/medium size, not gigantic ones)

Bags of beans or lentils (small/medium size)

Boxed pasta or rice dishes

 

Dry Cereal (boxes or bags)

Oatmeal

Granola bars

Peanut butter and jelly

Smaller sized bottles of cooking oil

 

Leave bags OPEN; do not tie them.  If possible, sort items (e.g., all cereal in one bag, all canned beans in another bag).  Please do not donate dirty/discolored/expired items, open items, or repackaged items (by law we cannot take repackaged items).

 

 

 Toilet paper

Paper towels

Bar soap

Laundry detergent, including pods (we break up into small bags)

Needed essential supplies:

Dish detergent

Trash bags (we put 3 in a bag per week)

Shampoo/Body Wash

Hand/Body Lotion

 

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Deodorant (men and women)

Feminine care supplies, tampons, pads

Diapers, newborn to size 6, Pullups sizes 2t-5t

 

To donate school supplies. there are 2 options:

  1. Go to our Amazon Wishlist page and purchase items for shipment to us
  2. Purchase needed items locally and drop them off at any of the neighborhood drop-off locations listed at the bottom of this page.  Please note the items needed below:

Elementary School

4 single subject notebooks or spiral notebooks
3 glue sticks
1 dry erase board
3 colored dry erase markers
1 box washable markers
1 box crayons
Pens
#2 Pencils
Pencil cases/pouches
1 pencil sharpener
Erasers
1 pack tissues
Optional but nice: 1 fun item like a deck of cards or coloring book; stress ball or squishy toy

Middle School

Pens (Blue or Black)
#2 Pencils
Pack of Colored Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
Erasers
Pencil cases/pouches
Pack of Highlighters
3 to 4 inch binder
Three Ring Filler Paper
Spiral Single Subject Notebooks – one for each class (4)
Post It Notes
Headphones/Earbuds – preferably with microphone
Optional but nice: 1 fun item like a deck of cards or journal notebook or sketchbook; stress ball

High School

Headphones/Earbuds – preferably with microphone
Graphing notebook
Binder (not zipper type)
3-hole filler paper
4 single subject notebooks or spiral notebooks
Pens
#2 Pencils
Erasers
Colored Pencils
Pencil cases/pouches
Small Pencil Sharpener
Pack of highlighters
Post It Notes
Ruler
Optional but nice: small calculator, preferably solar powered
1 fun item like a deck of cards or journal notebook or sketchbook; stress ball

We also need hundreds of cinch/tote bags for these school supplies – neutral colors preferred – that are large enough to hold a binder plus additional supplies.

 

Some projects for families, neighborhood groups, organizations:

 

  • Period cycle product bags for girls and women – 12 pads and 12 tampons in each bag
  • “Care” packages for babies/toddlers: box or package of diapers (labeled prominently what size i.e. diapers: newborn to size 6; pullups: sizes 2t-5t), wipes, baby shampoo, baby lotion.  (We are getting more families with young children now and are giving out all of the diapers we receive as donations every week)
  •  “Goody bags” for children — Granola bars/breakfast bars, a small bag of Goldfish, a couple of Welch’s fruit snacks, and small packets of dried fruit/nuts/trail mix are possible choices.  No peanuts.  Also welcome are art supplies, card games, etc.
  • Personal care kits – i.e., a comb (sometimes can find combos of a comb, nail file, etc), a bar of soap, deodorant for men/women, shampoo for men/women, body lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, nail care kit or some combination thereof.  (Note: slightly larger sizes than the ones given out in hotels work well for the bag),  We always run out of toiletry items for distributions.

 

Neighborhood drop-off locations and contact information

**For an interactive Google map that will help you find the most convenient drop-off location, click here.

Catonsville

21228 —  Rebekah Kaufman

Essex

21221 — Michael Darenberg, Essex Marina & Boat Sales, 1755 Hilltop Ave., Essex MD, 21221

Northern Baltimore County:

21013 (Baldwin) — Jessica Duvall Wodarczyk

Owings Mills/Reisterstown:

Vicki Almond, for more info

21117 (Owings Mills) — Susan Siegel Katz

21117 (Owings Mills) — Owings Mills Synagogue – bins at front entrance – 2905 Walnut Ave, Owings Mills 21117

21136 (Reisterstown) — Bob and June Frank

Parkville

21234 (Carney/Parkville area) — Anna Gibbons

21234 (Hillendale area) — Kelley Ray

Perry Hall

21128 — Julie Henn

Timonium

21093 — Lisa Lubomski

Towson area

21212 — Nancy Budacz Dimitriades

21212 (Anneslie area) — Kimberly Light

21212 — Phoebe Letocha

21212 (Stoneleigh area) — Sara Waire

21286 — Yara Cheikh

21286 — Barb Carden

21286 — Debbie Jones

21286 (Knollwood/Donnybrook area) — Sara Barber

21204 — Delegate Cathi Forbes