Emergency Food Resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore City is providing a number of food resources:
Find Food Resources Near You
Please visit CHARMcare by clicking the icon below to access a map and to find city food resources near you:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments
Applying for SNAP
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 them by clicking here.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT):
If you received a P-EBT card already, don’t throw it away, in case additional P-EBT benefits are approved. The Maryland Department of Human Services and the State Department of Education are working collaboratively to obtain additional information about the extension from the federal government for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. All enrolled students in Baltimore City Public Schools as of September 30, 2021, are eligible for P-EBT due to districtwide participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). To learn more about these benefits for food assistance here.
SNAP Online Purchasing Program
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 meal sites for youth and families, click here.
COVID-19 Emergency Food Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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)
- COVID-19 Food Environment Brief