July 24, 2020
Goucher College has become the new home for the Student Support Network, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting Baltimore County children's food insecurity.
The partnership deepens Goucher's involvement in the Baltimore community and strengthens its commitment to service and social justice.
The mission of the Student Support Network is to improve the lives of Baltimore County students living in poverty by providing food, other basic necessities, and advocacy support. With nearly 50,000 children in Baltimore County affected by food insecurity, the Network partners with local schools to impact those students' daily needs directly.
"The Student Support Network is doing the hard work of supporting underserved students here in Baltimore County," said Goucher College President Kent Devereaux. "This partnership builds on the thriving experiential learning opportunities that our students participate in with community partners throughout Baltimore. Offering a home to this tremendous organization is another way that Goucher can contribute to building a stronger Baltimore and foster additional community engagement amongst our students, faculty, and staff."
Goucher has a long-standing relationship with the Network and other area nonprofit organizations. Through Goucher's Community-Based Learning (CBL) program, the College combines hands-on work in the community and volunteer experiences to offer students transformational learning opportunities. Goucher has partnered previously with the Network to provide volunteers and host food and clothing collection drives. Several Goucher faculty members have also collaborated with the Network in the past, including Associate Professor Phong Le. Le developed a unique data analytics course where his students surveyed and analyzed food accessibility in Baltimore County and provided the Network with that data analysis to further their advocacy efforts.