Hello Page Families,
During this government shutdown, we know real families are suffering real losses and hardship. It is a time when family, friends and community are particularly important, and the WT Page PTA is here to try to provide some information for families in need due to the shutdown. Here is a recent article that highlights several resources for Montgomery County residents impacted by the government shutdown. Additionally, we have listed some resources below that residents may also find useful.
Please know you are not alone to navigate through these difficult times. Our community is defined by and strongest when we extend our hands to help each other. Be giving of yourself to other families who need support, and if you need support please reach out and trust that we will all help however we can.
Everyone take care and take care of each other!
Montgomery County Public Schools
MCPS also provides meals for students impacted by the government shutdown through its Dine with Dignity Program. Launched in Nov. 2018, the program allows students with negative account balances to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch choices at no cost. Families will be asked to pay off, or to contribute within their means when they can, toward the outstanding balance on their student’s lunch account. The Dine with Dignity Fund pays the remainder. Community members who would like to contribute to the Dine with Dignity Fund can donate online at www.mcpsfoundation.org/
Manna Food Center is at the center of ending hunger in the County. Visit Manna’s website for a full list of their programs, food distribution sites and drop off locations. Individuals wishing to donate can go the www.MannaFood.org website or call (301) 424-1130.
Shepherd’s Table is in downtown Silver Spring and is prepared to serve federal workers or anyone in need of nutritious meals or clothing. Their dining room is open every day and all are welcome. For more information visit www.shepherdstable.org or call 301-585-6463.
Women Who Care Ministries in Montgomery Village can provide food assistance for five to seven days. For more information, visit www.womenwhocareministries.org or call 301-963-8588.
Capital Area Foodbank is sponsoring pop-up grocery stores and is providing other assistance to workers and families impacted by the government shutdown. Visit www.capitalareafoodbank.org or call (202) 644-9800.
Interfaith Works aids families in crisis and those potentially facing homelessness. Updated assistance information tailored to those impacted by the government shutdown will be posted on the organization's web page. Visit www.iworksmc.org or call 301-762-8682.
The County’s Health and Human Services Eviction Prevention Program provides crisis intervention assistance to qualified individuals and families. This includes emergency financial assistance and/or shelter to families and adults who are homeless or at high risk of losing housing. The program also provides help for overdue utility payments and welfare avoidance grants are available for eligible temporary cash assistance applicants. Visit their website or call 311.
Helping our Neighbors
A Wider Circle has created a dedicated fund to support those who are financially impacted by the shutdown with food and other household essentials. Visit their website or call 301-608-3504 for more information.
The Capital Area Food Bank has set a goal of providing 300,000 extra meals through fund raising efforts. For more information on how to donate visit Capital Foodbank or you can also donate or look for volunteer opportunities at Shepherd's Table.