• COVID-19 Resource Updates

  • Food

Bread for the City

  • Bread for the City is conducting new intakes by phone. Call 202-386-7616 and leave a message related to family law, housing, public benefits, or immigration and someone will return the call.

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    (202) 386-7616

Capital Area Food Bank

  • Capital Area Food Bank has modified and consolidated services. Foodbank items are being distributed through Community Hubs. CAFB also provides an interactive map of the District identifying partners and food availability, including pop up pantries, children's meal sites, and Community Hub locations.

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DC COVID-19 Support Hub

DC Food Project

Farmers Markets

  • Farmers markets continue to operate throughout the District. Vendors are taking precautions to limit the spread of infections, and instituting measures to ensure safe shopping. 

     Open markets include:

    • Columbia Heights (Civic Plaza, Park Rd NW & 14th St NW): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm 
    • Dupont Circle (Mass Ave & Hillyer Place, 1500 20th St NW): Sundays 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 
    • Eastern Market (225 7th St SE) · The outdoor farmers market and indoor food merchants at Eastern Market remain open, and a variety of indoor merchants are providing takeout options. 
      • Indoor Food Merchants: Tuesdays–Fridays from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 7 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. 
      • Outdoor farmers market vendors: Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. 
    • SW Farmers Market (425 M St SW): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm 
    • Maret School Farmers Market (3000 Cathedral Avenue NW): Saturdays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm 
    • Monroe Street (Arts Walk + Plaza, 716 Monroe St NE): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm 
    • Palisades Market (48th Place and MacArthur Blvd NW): Sundays 9 am to 1 pm 

Grocery Stores

  • Grocery stores are reporting no disruptions in their supply chains. If you observe empty shelves at your local stores, this is due to increased demand, but the stores are still getting new shipments on regular schedules. Ask a store manager when a product will be available. We are monitoring the situation closely and supporting grocers and distributors to ensure continuity of service.

Martha's Table

  • Martha's Table is offering a number of food supports, including "Joyful Food Markets," a grab-and-go grocery distribution. Visit the link to find pickup dates, times, and locations.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • For the months of April and May 2020, all current SNAP households in Maryland and many in DC. will receive the maximum allotted SNAP benefit according to the household size regardless of income. Click here to learn maximum allotment based on household size for DC. To learn maximum allotment for Maryland households,click here.

    The District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps residents buy the food they need for good health. If you think you may be eligible for SNAP benefits, you can complete and submit an application through the DC Department of Human Services (DHS). Learn more about how to submit an application on the DHS website. In addition, all current SNAP recipients will be automatically re-certified during coronavirus (COVID-19), and all in-person interviews for new applicants have been waived.

    DHS has a combined application for public benefits, so you can apply for SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, financial assistance), and Medical Assistance (Medicaid, Alliance and other medical assistance programs available through DHS) with the same application. Learn more about the Combined Application for Public Benefits here. For more information about COVID-19 and the District’s response, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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For Seniors

  • The Department of Aging and Community Living’s hotline is operational, and seniors who need information or assistance should call (202) 724-5626. The call center will conduct a quick assessment and connect you to the appropriate service.

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    (202) 724-5626

For WIC Participants

  • Information excerpted from Office of the Mayor's Food Resources.

    WIC has been deemed an essential service in the District of Columbia. WIC sites are providing services over the phone. WIC participants should call their WIC site for information on how to receive their WIC benefits.

    • Click here for a full list of DC WIC site locations and phone numbers; be sure to call the WIC site to schedule a call with your WIC Nutritionist.
    • If you think you may be eligible to receive WIC, check out USDA’s prescreening application tool to check your eligibility status.
    • If you are having trouble finding WIC-issued formula at the grocery store, you should speak to the store manager to see when shipments are scheduled and whether items (such as formula) can be put on hold for them.
    • Participants with checks for special formulas may order these formulas at any authorized Pharmacy location. These pharmacies have 48 hours to obtain your special formula.
    • DC WIC’s food list has been temporary expanded to allow for additional food items to be purchased with DC WIC checks during the COVID-19 public health emergency, effective April 1, 2020. You can find the list of expanded food items here.
    • For additional information on DC WIC program updates, visit dcwic.org/covid-19.

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