Getting Help

Hunger Lifeline
The CAFB’s Hunger Lifeline is an emergency food assistance referral program that connects those seeking immediate aid with partner agencies. For immediate assistance, call 202.644.9807 and ask for the Hunger Lifeline Coordinator. Click here for more Hunger Lifeline information.

If you are calling outside of normal business hours and need immediate food assistance, please click your city or county for help.

Additional Resources

DC Food Finder – The DC Food Finder is an online interactive map that allows residents and service providers to locate nearby emergency food providers, low-cost groceries, free meals, farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, and places to apply for programs such as food stamps, WIC and more.

The Emergency Food, Shelter and Health Care Directory (EFSHCD) – This directory lists over 375 service providers and was recently expanded to include health care services for people in need throughout the Washington DC area. It also lists hotlines and social services.

BenefitsCheckup.org – Developed by the National Council on the Aging, this site provides a calculator for federal benefits available to seniors.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Are you or someone you know in need of longer term food assistance? The Capital Area Food Bank’s Public Policy & Community Outreach team can help you sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program will make it possible for you to access your choice of food from your local grocery store. Click here to learn more.