Food Assistance

The Department of Social Services' Emergency Food Assistance Program acts as a clearinghouse for the distribution of donated food. Over 30 local community pantries and shelters currently participate in the program. All food is provided to eligible individuals and families free of charge. Please call (301) 909-6343 to get information and assistance within your particular area of the County.

How do I apply for help?

You can call your caseworker or (301) 909-6343 to receive a listing of pantries and soup kitchens in your area. After you receive the telephone numbers, it will be your responsibility to call the pantries or soup kitchens to make an appointment. Bring all necessary information and documents staff request including proof of eligibility as follows:  

  • Photo identification and one of the following:
    • Independence card
    • Employment check stubs
    • Unemployment notice

You are responsible for picking up your groceries. If you need assistance, please ask the agency if they provide transportation.

What types of food are available?

Available food depends on market conditions, however, typical groceries include canned and dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned meats and juices; and, when available, fresh meats and fresh fruits.

Are there any other food service options?

Yes, please visit one of the sites below to learn more about their food service options.  Food Assistance image (grapes, strawberries)