Vulnerable Youth 

Children

“There are over 120,000 households with children in Montgomery County; 33.4% of all households. Three out of every four families with children are married couple families. Based on 2012-2016 estimates, about 178,000 children live in married-couple families and 56,000 in single-parent families (24%). While most children in the county start life with a healthy beginning compared to other area jurisdictions, almost 20,000 children live below the federal poverty level and 30,000 more live in low income families. That means one in five children are more likely to have difficulty in school, poor health, face risky behaviors, and struggle to reach economic stability as adults.” 

Identify Vulnerable Youth Populations  

The Free and Reduced Meals data that is provided by the Montgomery County School system is the most accurate and up to date proxy that is available of  identifying Vulnerable youth Populations within the county. 

Elementary

During the 2017-2018 school year there were 31.9k or 41% of elementary school students that received Free and/or reduced meals.  Over the past decade Montgomery County elementary  schools have seen a 60%+ increase in the number of students receiving  FARMs on an annual basis.

Middle 

During the 2017-2018 school year there were 12.3k or 34% of middle school students that received Free and/or reduced meals.  Over the past decade Montgomery County middle  schools have seen a 44% increase in the number of students receiving  FARMs on an annual basis.

High

During the 2017-2018 school year there were 14.5k or 30% of high school students that received Free and/or reduced meals.  Over the past decade Montgomery County high  schools have seen a 67% increase in the number of students receiving  FARMs on an annual basis.

Free and Reduced Meals Income Qualifications

 For More information on qualifying and receiving Free and Reduced Measl Assistance please visit: MCPS Information 
For each additional family member add annually: $7,696 Monthly: $642  Weekly: $148

FARMS Explorer

Click on the school type below and explore Montgomery County Public Schools and the vulnerable youth populations that reside within our elementary, middle, and high schools.  

WIC

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides assistance for supplemental foods and other related health services to women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, and infants and children under the age of 5 years old. In contrast to SNAP, immigration documentation status is not a factor in determining eligibility. To be eligible for WIC, the gross income must be at or below 185% of the US poverty threshold ($44,955 in 2016 ). In July 2016, total WIC participation in Montgomery County was 31,304: 7,704 women, 6,884 infants, and 16,716 children. WIC is administered by Community Clinic, Inc at five centers in Montgomery County: Gaithersburg, Germantown, Langley/Takoma Park, Rockville, and Wheaton and at three hospitals: Holy Cross, Shady Grove, and Washington Adventist. The Greenbelt WIC clinic location in Prince George’s County also serves many Montgomery County residents, 89 total in July 2016. 

WIC Trends

The total number of households that received WIC benefits has declined 7% from 2015-2018. 
For More information on qualifying and receiving Free and Reduced Measl Assistance please visit:  WICprograms.org