Baltimore City to give out 500k free diapers, introduce virtual recreation center

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 18:05:31-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks on Wednesday introduced the Virtual Rec Center.

It offers at-home activities for all ages and abilities such as workouts, art and nature projects, STEM lessons, and outdoor activities like gardening or bird watching.

To learn more about the virtual rec center, click here.

Meanwhile free meals are continuing to be distributed at 42 recreation center locations. And following a Maryland Book Bank donation of over 8,000 books, beginning April 15 children can get a free book with their meals during normal hours at each meal site.

City parks, trails and open spaces remain open for groups less than 10 and at least six feet apart at all times. All athletic courts such as tennis and basketball have been closed along with park pavilions, and playgrounds until further notice.

Also on Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said 500,000 free diapers will be donated to nearly 10,000 young children across the City over the next two months.

The diapers were purchased by the Baltimore City Health Department with funding from the Maryland Department of Health. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and emergency relief grants from The Baltimore Community and Abell Foundations are also supporting the cause.