Emergency Food Resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore City is providing a number of food resources:
SNAP Online Purchasing Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments
Applying for SNAP
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]
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT):
All students enrolled in Baltimore City Public Schools are eligible for the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program, as are students who qualify for free and reduced meals at private schools. Between now and July, households will receive a total of $330 in benefits for each school-aged child in your household. P-EBT cards will allow families to purchase food directly from approved grocery stores and other outlets that accept SNAP, EBT, or the Independence Card. To learn more about these benefits for food assistance, visit https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/family-updates
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.
If you're an organization providing free food services for Baltimore City residents, please complete this survey. Organizations will only be placed on the map if they wish to be, in which case they will be contacted to confirm their information.
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.
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.
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)
- COVID-19 Food Environment Brief