May 1, 2020
Counties: CARES Funds Needed Now
As Maryland fashions its channels to get federal CARES funds “out the door,” counties raise concerns that the proposed process will be too cumbersome. Guidance this week that the designated county funds would be available as reimbursements, rather than distributions, has triggered wide concerns. A letter from county officials statewide urges flexibility, and some manner of “up front” distribution, to get these funds to work in our communities as rapidly as possible.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Natasha Mehu discuss the latest health and human services news amid the state and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode:
Counties In Action
Cecil Thanks First Responders with Printable Coloring Page for Kids to Complete and Share by May 4th
Frederick Thanks Their First Responders and Front Line Workers on National Superhero Day
QACTV Creates Video to Demonstrate Improper Use of Disposable Gloves

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner BGE , partnered with six local catering companies to provide nearly 2,000 meals to front-line workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the BGE's website :

Twice a week through early May, David & Dad’s will provide lunch to Grace Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Deliveries will also go to two city fire stations.

This is part of a larger effort involving Jel-Cap Vending, Chesapeake Food Works, the Lunch Box Lady, Xquisite Catering, and Cured Restaurant to provide meals to eight hospitals and 17 fire stations in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City.

“We wanted to find a way to both give back to the first responders and also support the many caterers that we did consistent business with before the pandemic impacted how and where we work,” said Rodney Oddoye, BGE’s Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs. “Partnering with these caterers allows us to quickly provide a good meal and token of our appreciation to the doctors, nurses and support staff as well as fire fighters and EMTs who are risking themselves to take care of our community. Being able to support small businesses during the pandemic and hopefully help them through this challenging time is an added benefit.”

To read more about BGE's contributions to front-line workers in the
COVID-19 crisis, visit their website .

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