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CAFB COVID-19 Response Updates

The Capital Area Food Bank will continue 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 will begin to modify and consolidate our services, offering food in different formats and locations beginning this week. 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 during the coming week to distribute the large volumes of food they have procured from the food bank in the last few weeks, we anticipate that a significant number of these partners will soon suspend 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.

Partners who wish to contact the Capital Area Food Bank 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.

 

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.

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
Kelly Miller Middle School 301 49th St NE, Washington, DC 20019 (202) 388-6870 Tuesdays
Noon – 2:00 PM
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
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.
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
Salvation Army Center 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, MD 201874 (301) 424-1130 Thursdays
2:00 – 5:00 PM
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
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

  • 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 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the CAFB warehouse in Washington, DC. For those in Northern Virginia, the CAFB warehouse in Lorton, VA is accepting donations Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 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.

Donate to Help Your Neighbors Today