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Food ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

Updated on August 25th at 11 AM. 

All Residents:



  • Mt. Rainier CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) now has a dedicated help line for residents of Mt. Rainier who need food and other non-medical assistance during the pandemic. The number is 240-696-4433. We can deliver Canned goods, paper products and other necessities to residents who are seniors, disabled, quarantined, or otherwise housebound and for individuals and families who are now unemployed and without funds to provide food or necessities for themselves or their families. We can also run errands, pick up prescriptions, etc and offer other non-medical assistance.

  • The Town of Riverdale Park established a Farmers Market Dollar Program for any town resident who declares “a need for assistance.”  There is no means testing, however, households that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be limited to $15 per week, while households that do not participate in SNAP can receive up to $25 in food assistance per week. The Market Dollar Program gives coupons to residents redeemable at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market. The program is set to expire Dec. 31, 2020.


  • St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, through a partnership with District 8 Council Member, Monique Anderson-Walker, provides groceries, including produce, to our residents during the pandemic. Every Tuesday, starting Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 pm, food will be distributed in the parking lot of St. Stephen’s Baptist Church. Stay in your cars, as the food will be brought to you in your car. District 8 is committed to doing all that we can for our residents. Should you have questions, please contact D-8 Constituent Services Director, Carla Cash at 240.435.0317. St. Stephen's Baptist Church is located at 5757 Temple Hill Rd, Camp Springs, MD. 

  • Fountain Community Enrichment will provide food from Capital Area Food Bank on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; Tues & Thurs are by appointment. They are located at 15853 Commerce Ct. Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. You can make an appointment by calling (301) 335-5038 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




  • Employ Prince George's is launching the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Assistance Fund. The fund is available for hourly workers who earned less than $19 an hour and have been laid off, giving Prince George’s County residents access to an Employ Prince George’s cash card of up to $200. Various retailers, grocers and restaurants in Prince George’s County will be offering discounts for those making purchases with these Employ Prince George’s cash cards. Applications and information is available here: https://www.employpg.org/covid19/

  • PG County Mutual Aid is a grassroots, community-led effort looking to take care of each other and keep Prince George's County as safe as possible during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  To sign up to receive assistance, please complete the form here. 

Seniors:

  • Prince George's County Senior Nutrition Program enrollees have been offered home meal delivery during congregate meals site closures. The meals will be delivered through a partnership with the Department of Public Works and Transportation starting Monday (March 16th) morning. The Department of Family Services has arranged for the 7-frozen meal packs to be delivered to a location and those meals will be picked up and delivered to the doors of senior citizens by the Department of Public Works and Transportation personnel. The packs will be delivered to senior’s residences no later than 5:00 PM. Seniors must be present during the delivery window in order to receive meals. Seniors who would like to enroll in this program can contact Health and Human Services Nutrition Program staff at 301-265-8475.

  • Meals on Wheels provides hot meals to seniors. Contact Meals on Wheels of Central MD if you live in the northern part of the County. Residents of the cities of College Park, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Berwyn Heights and Adelphi should contact Meals on Wheels of College Park, MD to enroll. You can reach the Meals on Wheels Program for Takoma Park at (301) 434-1922 and Cheverly at (301) 618-3930.


  • Grocery stores in our County have announced special senior shopping hours to assist our seniors with their shopping needs. Safeway hours are 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Giant hours are 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM daily. Save-A-Lot hours are 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily. Whole Foods hours are 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily. Costco's hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.


  • Good Food Markets is open at 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE, 1/2 mile from Mt Rainier, and is distributing free food Thur 10:00 am-2:00 pm, seniors only from 10:00-11:00 am.

  • Rotary International has launched a volunteer initiative to assist the elderly and other high-risk individuals in picking up groceries and prescription medication. If you need assistance, call their hotline at 240-781-6586 between 9 AM and 6 PM daily.

Residents with Disabilities & Life-Challenging Illnesses: 

  • Food and Friends provides meals, groceries, and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and poorly-controlled diabetes. They serve the entire county. Apply for support here.

  • The MD Department of Human Services, The MD Department of Disabilities, the Salvation Army, 2-1-1 Maryland and other partners are collaborating to supplement existing programs for people with disabilities who may be experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. To connect with these feeding opportunities, constituents should call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 call specialist will connect the caller to a variety of statewide program options. There are specific feeding opportunities currently available and are intended for people who are unable to access food due to COVID-19 related situations. These people include individuals:
  • who require home-delivered meals or groceries
  • with mobility disabilities
  • with cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • who are blind, deaf-blind or low-vision
  • who are experiencing a lack of transportation options due to COVID-19 conditions
  • with difficulty accessing food distribution locations
  • Programs may provide home-delivered groceries and prepared meals, including food that adheres to medically prescribed diets (low fat /low salt). 

  • Call 2-1-1 to access food programs.
  • People over the age of 60, should call Maryland Access Point, 1-844-627-5465 or www.marylandaccesspoint.info.


Families With Children:

  • Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutrition assistance to families whose children have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 related school closures. Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help make up for these lost meals. If you qualify, you will receive $5.70 per child for each school day that your child’s school is closed due to the pandemic. This is available to families regardless of immigration status. For more information, view our factsheet here. These benefits may be used to buy food at any store that accepts SNAP, and to buy groceries online at Amazon, ShopRite, and Walmart. P-EBT benefits cannot be used to purchase hot or prepared food and/or meals. For more information on what can be purchased visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.For more information about the P-EBT initiative, go to: https://dhs.maryland.gov/p-ebt/.

  • Greater Baden WIC-Supplemental Food Program: Supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. A federal assistance program also providing nutrition education and services for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to the age of five. Contact (301) 324-1873 for additional information.

  • M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Capital Area Food Bank partners are providing free lunch meals for youth (18 & under) to close the hunger gap and to assist adults with the economic gap of paying for lunch meals. Meals are provided at the Glenarden Community Center, Marlow Heights Community Center, and Oakcrest Community Center Monday through Friday, between 12 and 2 PM. Please see the flyer here


  • Effective Wednesday, September 2, free meals will be available for pickup to all children 2 to 18 years old on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM (except holidays). Children picking up meals do not have to show any form of identification. Adults picking up meals without children should show a student ID or most recent report card to support the number of meals requested. More information is available here
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