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Chapter 6-D: Food


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211 Maryland: Food
Dial 211; 1-800-492-0618 toll free throughout Maryland TTY: dial Maryland Relay 711
Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and connects them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Baltimore County Department of Health - Women, Infants and Children ( WIC ) Program
6401 York Road 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC program, serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a medical or nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.


Baltimore County Department of Social Services
410-853-3000 (24 hours a day)
This unit will take your call and connect you with the people who can best help you. Visit the district office closest to where you live for additional information about eligibility and applying for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Food Supplement Program (FSP), formerly known as "food stamps", and more.


Resources for Maryland Families
created by Maryland State Government
A state-sponsored portal offering qualifying citizens help to locate and access a range of State assistive programs and services.



Local Emergency Food:


Food Pantries List by County
Provided by SAIL (Service Access and Information Link), Maryland Department of Human Resources


Assistance Center of Towson Churches
120 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Three to five day supply of nonperishable food; gift certificate available within our boundary; baby food, formula, and some baby items; also referrals to other food pantries. The area served includes north to Pennsylvania Line, west to Falls Road, includes zip codes 21212, 21234, 21239 and Northeast Baltimore City.


Catonsville Emergency Assistance
25 Bloomsbury Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
Eligible clients may receive one week of groceries for their family three times a year. Contingent upon availability of groceries and special circumstances, additional grocery assistance may be authorized. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Network provides holiday dinner baskets. Identification and proof of residence needed for assistance. Services are restricted to Baltimore County households in zip code 21228, and some of 21244, 21207 and 21229.


Christus Victor Lutheran Church
9833 Harford Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-668-8089 for information
Victor's Vittles: Walk-in food pantry opened on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Must live in ZIP codes: 21234, 21236, 21286. Photo identification required. Please call for further information.


Cockeysville Food Pantry of Frames Memorial United Methodist Church
14200 Mount Avenue
Phoenix, Maryland 21131
Emergency food pantry run by Frames Memorial, Popular Grove and Texas United Methodist Churches. Call 410-472-3379 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave message with your name and phone number where you may be reached. A volunteer will return your call within 24 hours, determine your food need and arrange a pick up or delivery site. No charge.


Community Assistance Network, Inc. (CAN)
7900 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Provides emergency food to income-eligible Baltimore County residents. The Emergency Food Package is meant only as a supplement and provides enough food for approximately 5 to 7 days. Eligible recipients may receive emergency food only once every 30 calendar days. Eligibility for emergency food packages is determined through the following documents: 1) some form of photo identification with current address; 2) proof of household income; 3) Social Security card or cards; and 4) information related to other persons in your household ( e.g. name, Social Security number, age ).


  • Essex Office
    Department of Social Services
    439 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, Maryland 21221


  • Hillendale Office
    Hillendale Gates Apartments
    6600 Wycombe Way
    Baltimore, Maryland 21234


  • Randallstown Office
    Liberty Family Resource Center
    3525 Resource Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21133


  • Rosedale Office
    Eastside Shelter & Day Resource Center
    20 Serpens Court
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237


Community Crisis Center
725 Main Street
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Those in need should visit the Center to complete a brief client-intake process. Upon its completion, the client will be issued emergency food every 60 days, or until his/her financial situation has improved. Bring photo identification with current address; must reside within zip codes 21136, 21117 or 21071. Bring income verification in the form of S S I, S S D I, unemployment, paystub, child-support, food stamps, etc.


Dundalk Church of the Brethren
2660 Yorkway
Dundalk, Maryland 21222-4432
Food distribution on Wednesday between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. only. Food Pantry provides canned and dry foods to individuals/families in need. Referrals taken from Community Assistance Network


Dundalk United Methodist Church - Food for the Spirit Soup Kitchen
6903 Mornington Road
Dundalk,  Maryland 21222
Walk-in soup kitchen providing a meal for anyone in need. Open on Thursdays, 4 p.m. - to 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.


Eastern Interfaith Outreach
155 Orville Road
Essex, Maryland 21221
Provides food assistance to neighbors in the Essex area.


Edgemere Bible Church
3011 Ross Avenue
Edgemere, Maryland 21219
Has food pantry. No charge. Contact church.


Hereford Food Bank
Hereford United Methodist Church
16931 York Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111
Emergency food pantry run by volunteers from community churches provides groceries to residents in need. Available to residents of Monkton, Freeland, Sparks. North to Pennsylvania line, West to Carroll County, and East to Harford County. Open Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Call for information and location.


Jewish Community Services - Jewish Community Food Fund
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Provides food certificates to clients of Jewish Community Services as a supplement to financial assistance and other services offered by JCS as well as emergency food packages to the community. The Jewish Community Food Fund no longer accepts donations of food. Must be registered with the Jewish Community Services. Certificates are picked up at 5750 Park Heights Avenue. Can accommodate Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish languages.

Lutheran Mission Society - Essex Compassion Center
438 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, Maryland 21221
Food panty open Wednesdays, 9 am to 11 am. Clients may receive food once a month. Assists the first 5 people at 9 a.m. Clients must stay for Bible study. Call for information.


Maryland Food Bank, Inc.
2200 Halethorpe Farms Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
A nonprofit food warehouse providing perishable and non-perishable food items at below market prices to non-profit organizations which serve the hungry, poor or disadvantaged. It collects surplus and unmarketable food and other grocery products from growers, manufacturers, bakers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers and distributes them to qualified, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations.


Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc.
515 South Haven Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Operates home delivered meal service of hot dinner and cold supper for elderly, people with disabilities,  and convalescent persons unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. Provides a Grocery Shopping and Delivery Program for its home delivered meal clients. Fees are based on a sliding scale, food stamps accepted.


Moveable Feast
P.O. Box 2298
(901 North Milton Avenue)
Baltimore Maryland 21203
Weekly meal delivery of up to 18 meals per week for homebound men and women throughout the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area struggling with a severe illness. Also provides nutritional counseling.


Perry Hall United Methodist Church
9515 Belair Road, Room 103
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
Provides non-perishable food items for three days of balanced meals. Foods are not suitable for homeless, since there is some kitchen preparation required. We do not have a zip-code restriction, and will help every thirty days if necessary. Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proof of income required (must be within federal guidelines); also current picture ID. Call for appointment. No walk-ins.


Reisterstown United Methodist Church
246 Main Street
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-833-5440 extension 3
Provides bag of food once a month to families in the area. Hours: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. In addition they host a Community Luncheon on the first Saturday of the month.


Saint John's Lutheran Church
3911 Sweet Air Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131
Non-perishable foods can be given to needy individuals or families as food is available. Contact church office.


Southwest Emergency Services
Arbutus United Methodist Church
1201 Maple Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Provides emergency food supply to residents in the zip code area 21227 within Baltimore County. Food pantry operates from church at 1201 Maple Avenue, Monday through Friday. Supplies one day food supply to homeless and low-income persons. 7 day supply available. Identification and proof of residency is required.


Towson United Methodist Church
501 Hampton Lane
Towson, Maryland 21286
Non perishable food available and small household items, by request. Plenty of food and all are welcome! Free coffee and light refreshments while you wait. The Food Pantry is open one Saturday per month from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. Please call the church office 410-823-6511 to get specific dates. If no one answers then leave a message and someone will return your call.


United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN)
P.O. Box 1103
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030-6103
Office Location: 40 Church Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Provides emergency food assistance to residents of northern Baltimore County on ZIP codes 21093, 21030, 21111, 21131, 21136 and 21152 who are in crisis situations.



Revised: December 18, 2017