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 in need 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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Check back for regular updates on evolving food bank operations and response measures.

Service Modifications:

Consolidated Partner Network and Creation of 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, service at approximately 50% of our partners is currently suspended.

Several partners throughout our region have committed to remaining open alongside the food bank. These partners serve as regional hubs, distributing food to additional clients who would ordinarily go to other locations in the region to seek help. Hub 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 programs that provide food directly to children, families, seniors, and other individuals in need.  The food bank has modified and consolidated its service through those programs, providing food in the following ways:

After School Meals: The food bank’s after school meals program is continuing at all site locations that plan to remain open during 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 is continuing its monthly distribution of supplemental bagged/boxed shelf stable groceries to seniors through all 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.

Community Marketplaces: The food bank is once again operating its Community Marketplaces in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These program locations – which normally operate as no-cost farmer’s markets – offer pre-packed produce boxes or bags for any resident in need of food assistance.

Current nonprofit partners of the Capital Area Food Bank that wish to contact us about their 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.

Direct Distributions: Distributions of fresh produce and shelf-stable items through markets located throughout the community including apartment buildings, community-based organizations, and schools.

Read the CAFB Hunger Report 2020 to explore more of our GIS work and learn more about the growing 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 continue to serve emergency meals for children during the region’s school closures. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years old and under, free of charge. Click here to read more about the program.

Find Meals for Kids Near You

  • 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. Donors who require no-contact drop off may leave their donation at the door.  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.

Donate to Help Your Neighbors Today