CAFB COVID-19 Response Updates - Capital Area Food Bank
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CAFB COVID-19 Response Updates

The Capital Area Food Bank continues to serve our neighbors who are food insecure during these uncertain times.

To account for site closures and social distancing needs related to COVID-19, we have modified and consolidated our services, offering food in different formats and locations. We will continue our operations until or unless we receive guidance from our local or national government that would preclude our ability to remain open.

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Please note that as this is a rapidly evolving situation, this page will be updated daily at noon with the latest information.

Service Modifications:

Service to partner network transitioning to Community Hubs

During ordinary operations, the food bank distributes most of its food through a network of 450+ regional nonprofit partner organizations.  This partner network continues to be essential in this time. However, while many of these organizations plan to remain open in the coming weeks, a significant number of our partners have also suspended service.

We have identified several partners throughout our region that have committed to remaining open alongside the food bank. These partners will serve as regional hubs, distributing food to additional clients who would ordinarily go to other locations in the region to seek help. Those partners are listed in the drop down menu below.

Consolidated service to Direct Distribution Programs

In addition to food distributed through its partner network, the food bank normally operates a variety of distribution programs at which we provide food directly to children, families, seniors, and other individuals in need.  Beginning this week, the food bank will modify and consolidate service through those programs, providing food in the following ways:

After School Meals: The food bank’s after school meals program will continue at all site locations that plan to remain open at this time. The hot meal normally eaten on site has been replaced with a cold “to-go” meal that children can pick up and eat at home.

Senior Programs: The food bank will continue its monthly distribution of supplemental bagged/boxed shelf stable groceries through its Grocery Plus and My Groceries to Go locations (both part of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program) and Senior Brown Bag locations that are remaining open at this time.

Pop-Up Pantries: The food bank’s primary emphasis continues to be on supplying food through its network of nonprofit partners.  However, in some areas where we are without a partner to help meet current need, the food bank is holding pop-up pantries in select locations. These pop-ups are for people without the funds to buy adequate food, and who would ordinarily seek help from a food pantry.  The times and locations for these distributions that are currently confirmed are in the drop down below.

Food Assistance Organizations, working with the Capital Area Food Bank, who wish to contact the CAFB to update us on your open/closed status should email covidresponse@capitalareafoodbank.org.

Help is available.

Community members who are in need of emergency food should utilize the map and list below. For other inquiries, please email hungerlifeline@capitalareafoodbank.org or call 202-644-9807.

Interactive Partner Map

  • Search the interactive map below to find a partner near you.
  • Click and drag to move the map, and use the mouse wheel or +/- in the top left for zoom.
  • Select individual sites for address information as well as days and hours of operation.

Community Hubs: Higher capacity distribution partners that have committed to remain open alongside the food bank to serve the community with frequent distributions.

Distribution Partners: Partners who will continue their regular food distributions as long as they are able. Please call ahead to verify hours and ensure the partner is able to provide goods and services at this time.

School Food Distributions: Public schools that are providing grab and go meals at schools and community centers (sometimes for school families only), pop-up distribution sites and bus routes.

Visit our Hunger Heat Map to explore more of our GIS work and learn more about the scope of food insecurity in our region.
Partner Location Contact Information Schedule
Allen Chapel AME Church 2498 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020 (202) 889-7296 Fridays
9:30AM – Noon
1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesdays (Mobile Market)
8:30-10:30 AM
Father McKenna Center 900 North Capitol Street NW (in front of St. Aloysuis Church) (202) 842-1112 Monday – Thursday
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Food for All 1810 16th Street Nw
Washington, DC, 20009
(240) 505-4607 Please call for details.
Martha’s Table at The Commons 2375 Elvans Road SE, Washington DC 20020 (202) 328-6608 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesdays
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Martha’s Table NW 1474 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC 20009 (202) 328-6608 Monday – Friday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturdays
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Urban Outreach 5343 C St SE, Washington, DC 20019 (202) 575-4867
Leave a voicemail and someone will contact you.
Thursdays & Saturdays
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Adventist Community Services 501 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 585-6556 Appointment only.
Fountain Community Enrichment 15853 Commerce Ct, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 (301) 335-5038
Email
Wednesdays & Fridays
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays by appointment.
Galilee CDC 2101 Shadyside Ave, Suitland, MD 20746 (240) 312-2850 Tuesdays & Thursdays
Noon – 2:30 PM
Manna Hispano hablante disponsible Francophone disponible 12301 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (301) 424-1130 See website for additional contact information Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 AM – Noon, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays & Fridays
10:00 AM – Noon
1:00 – 3:00 PM
1st
Saturday of the month
9:00 AM – Noon
Nourish Now 1111 Taft St, Rockville, MD 20850 Please call (301) 330-0222 to make an appointment. Bring photo ID and bags to carry groceries. Monday-Friday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Shabach Empowerment Center 403 Brightseat Rd, Landover, MD 20785 (240) 532-7003 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (By appointment only)
9:00 AM – Noon
Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church 1501 Arcola Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902 (301) 325-0186 Tuesdays
4:00 – 6:00 PM
St. Camillus 1600 Saint Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903 (301) 328-5105  Fridays
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Saturdays
10:00 AM – Noon
St. Stephen Baptist Church 5757 Temple Hill Rd, Camp Springs, MD 20748 Contact Elder Gwendolyn Gantt at (301) 899-8885 Ext. 12 Tuesdays
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
ACTS 3900 Acts Ln, Dumfries, VA 2026 Website
(703) 441-8606
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
ALIVE at Cora Elementary School 3600 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305 Email

Website

Periodic Saturdays – check website for details
8:30 AM – Noon (or until supplies are exhausted)
ALIVE at John Adams Elementary School 5651 Rayburn Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311 Email

Website

Periodic Saturdays – check website for details
8:30 AM – Noon (or until supplies are exhausted)
Food for Others 2938 Prosperity Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031 Email Monday – Friday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Hispano hablante disponsible 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041 (703) 820-7111 Mondays & Wednesdays
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
United Community Hispano hablante disponsible 7511 Fordson Rd, Alexandria, VA 22306 Email Mondays
9:00 AM – noon
Wednesdays
2:00 – 6:00 PM
Fridays
9:00 AM – Noon
WFCM Hub Hispano hablante disponsible 4511 Daly Dr, Suite J, Chantilly, VA 20151 Website By appointment: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
10:30 AM – 6:45 PM
Wednesdays & Fridays
10:30 AM – 1:45 PM
Every other Saturday (beginning 3/28)
9:00 AM – noon

*This information is evolving and subject to change. Check back for additional sites and details, as well as changes to information.

The Capital Area Food Bank will hold pop-up pantry distributions as needed where our partner network is not able to serve the community. Please refer to the map and list above for information on food pantries in your area, and check back for more information on future pop-up pantries

The Capital Area Food Bank will be serving emergency meals for children during the school closures in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years old and under, free of charge.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Address Lunch/Supper Time Start Lunch/Supper Time End Snack Time Start Snack Time End
CAFE at Queens Manor Garden Apartments 2706 Queens Chapel Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD Mondays & Fridays at 5:00 PM Mondays & Fridays at 6:00 PM
Central Gardens Community Center 13 Cindy Lane, Capitol Heights, MD Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 PM
Danbury Youth Center 5501 Silver Hill Rd, Forestville, MD Mondays & Fridays at 12:00 PM Mondays & Fridays at 1:00 PM
Glenarden Community Center 8615 Mclain Ave, Glenarden, MD Mondays – Fridays at 12:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2:00 PM
Marlow Heights Community Center 2800 Saint Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, MD Mondays – Fridays at 12:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2:00 PM
Millwood Townhouses Community Center 1418 Karen Boulevard, Capitol Heights, MD Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 PM
Oakcrest Community Center 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD Mondays – Fridays at 12:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2:00 PM
Pleasant Homes Community Center 6810 Greig St, Seat Pleasant, MD Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 PM
Queenstown Community Center 3103 Queens Chapel Rd, Mt. Ranier, MD Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:00 PM Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Baptist Church 5757 Temple Hills Rd, Temple Hills, MD Tuesdays at 11:00 AM Tuesdays at 1:00 PM
Brookland Manor 2525 14th St NE, Washington, DC Mondays – Fridays at 1:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM
City Gate 4275 4th St SE, Washington, DC Mondays – Fridays at 1:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 3:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 1:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 3:00 PM
Little Lights 1212 1212 I St NW, Washington, DC Mondays – Fridays at 1:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:30 PM
Little Lights Hopkins 1000 12th St SE, Washington, DC Mondays – Fridays at 1:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:30 PM
Tutoring Cafe 6906 4th St NW, Washington, DC Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 3:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 3:00 PM
General Heiser Boys and Girls Club 17565 Old Stage Coach Rd, Dumfries, VA 22026 Mondays – Fridays at 1:30PM Mondays – Fridays at 2:30 PM
Southgate Community Center 12125 Pinecrest Rd, Reston, VA 20191 Mondays -Fridays at 3:00 PM Mondays – Fridays at 4:00 PM 

Read more about the program.

  • Volunteer. The food bank is in urgent need of volunteers to pack and sort food at our warehouse, and to assist in off site distributions. The health and well-being of our volunteers is our highest priority, and we are taking all precautions to ensure safety for those who volunteer.
    Sign up to volunteer. 
  • Give funds. The COVID-19 emergency makes getting access to nutritious food even harder for people experiencing food insecurity in our area. Your support is needed now more than ever to provide food to kids, families, and individuals who need help.
    Donate to help your neighbors today.
  • Donate food. The food bank is accepting non-perishable, shelf stable foods only at this time. Food donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the CAFB warehouse in Washington, DC. For those in Northern Virginia, the CAFB warehouse in Lorton, VA is accepting donations Tuesday – Thursday from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. A no-touch donation box will be provided in the Agency Box parking lot for those who are more comfortable with that option.  For restaurants and hotels with produce and dairy to donate, please sign up at MealConnect.org.
    Learn more about food donations.

You Can Help Provide COVID-19 Emergency Support

The COVID-19 emergency makes getting access to nutritious food even harder for people experiencing food insecurity in our area. Your support is needed now more than ever to provide food to kids, families, and individuals who need help.

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