Parish Food and Shelter Programs
Will we continue to provide important services to the vulnerable in our communities?
Many of our parishes provide food and shelter services for vulnerable populations such as those experiencing hunger or homelessness.
Parishes may continue these important ministries provided that parish staff and volunteers are willing to serve, are not over 60, and do not have underlying health issues.
We encourage parishes with food programs to institute a Grab-n-Go method of serving the public, with either pre-packed grocery bags or meals. Please keep in mind to restrict access to the building to less than 10 people at a time and, and encourage setting up outside, if possible, for easier distribution.
Emergency food resources for students:
- DC: Free meals will be available to students every weekday during the closure from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 16 sites throughout D.C. Find locations here.
- Prince George County: The school system will provide meals at 25 sites from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Find locations here.
- Montgomery County: Free meals will be provided weekdays for all students under 18 years old. The school system will operate 20 sites to provide “Grab-N-Go” meals for students. Find locations here.
- Charles County: Charles County Public Schools will offer free, cold bagged lunches for any child ages 18 and younger. Find locations here.
- St. Mary’s County: Starting March 17, drive-up lunch service will be provided for students aged 18 and under. Find locations here.
Information on area food and shelter programs:
- DC: https://www.dchunger.org/home/covid-19-food-resources/
- Montgomery County: https://mocofoodcouncil.org/covid-19-local-food-system-resources/
- Prince George County: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/
- Charles County: https://southernmarylandfoodbank.com/charles-county-pantries/
- St. Mary’s County: https://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/docs/Foodpantries.pdf