Emergency Food Resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore City is providing a number of food resources:
Find Food Resources Near You
This is an interactive map of food resources across the City, including grab & go meals, grocery box distributions, and food pantries. The City will be updating this information frequently, so please check back regularly.
- To view map resources below, click on the "map ribbon" in blue at bottom, and wait for the latest data to load.
- To view the full site, visit: bit.ly/38XqBp2.
Get a grocery box delivered to your home!
This program is intended for individuals and households who meet all of the
Baltimore City is partnering with Amazon to deliver grocery boxes to residents who:
Adults 60 and older: call 410-396-2273
Residents 59 and younger: call 2-1-1
Baltimore City and its partners are providing free grab-n-go meals for youth and families across the city. To see a list of grab-n-go meals sites for youth and families, click here.
Older adults are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. Older adults should stay home whenever possible to prevent being exposed to the virus. The City has special resources to help older adults do just that.
Adults 60 years and older are urged to:
1. Have a family member/friend/neighbor pick up food from a food or meal distribution site
2. Call Maryland Access Point (410-396-2273) for home-delivered meals if they have no other option for obtaining food without leaving home. Partners supporting home-based meals include Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army.
Grocery Boxes are distributed Wednesdays-Fridays throughout the month of May. Each box provides 30lbs of shelf stable food and feeds a household of four for a week.
In addition, on 5/19, the Farmers to Families Produce Box launched in Baltimore City! Through this program, boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables will be available to all community members (while supplies last).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments: The Maryland Department of Human Services is issuing SNAP emergency allotments and will remain in effect until the federal state of emergency declaration has ended.
Applying for SNAP: You may qualify to receive SNAP Benefits. Residents can apply for SNAP benefits online at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us. Residents may also call the DHS Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 (TTY 1-800-735-2258), available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
To determine eligibility, click here.
SNAP Application Assistance: if you need help with your SNAP application you can contact Maryland Hunger Solutions: 866-821-5552; Maryland Food Bank: 888-808-7327; or email [email protected]
COVID-19 Emergency Food Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, Department of Planning, has developed an Emergency Food System Strategy. A COVID-19 Emergency Food Planning Team comprised of city agencies and critical nonprofit partners convened to guide the City's food security response. The strategy includes meal distributions, food distributions, increasing federal nutrition benefits, supporting community partners, and building up local food system resilience. The City continues to identify and assess the needs of residents and communities to leverage resources and implement strategies in the ongoing response of COVID-19.
The response is organized by priority population with the following team leads:
- Children and families: Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success
- Older adults/seniors: Baltimore City Health Department, Division of Aging and CARE Services
- All food-insecure residents: Department of Planning, Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
- Resources for Children and Families
- Resources for Older Adults
- Additional community based resources
- Food Handling Guidance for Restaurants, Food Pantries and Food Distribution Site (updated May 2020)