Parish Food and Shelter Programs Guidance
Many of our parishes provide food and shelter services for vulnerable populations such as those experiencing hunger or homelessness.
Parishes offering food and shelter services 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 consider 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 fewer than 10 people at a time, and encourage setting up outside, if possible, for easier distribution.
INFORMATION ON AREA FOOD PROGRAMS:
Access the Capital Area Food Bank Interactive map to find community food hubs, school meal programs & distribution centers in DC, Montgomery County, & Prince George County
Access the Southern Maryland Food Bank & Outreach Services website for updated food pantry locations in Charles, Calvert, & St. Mary’s Counties
DONATE TO THE COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
The Diocesan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was established to assist parish and community members experiencing hardships as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and support established congregational food pantries and feeding programs to assist persons suffering from food insecurities, especially in Diocesan communities that are underserved.
SUPPORTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS
- Carine’s Bridal is sewing and delivering facemasks to help with the shortage. Donate here
- Washington, DC Mask-Sewing Facebook Group is a resource and support group for people interested in making masks for vulnerable communities
- Gift of Appreciation for DC Health Care Workers: nominate a DC health care worker to receive a bouquet from a local DC florist and a gift card to a local restaurant for meal delivery
- Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies provides instructions to create and distribute much needed protective gear and equipment to local communities
RESOURCES FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES:
- Georgetown Law Resources for Workers affected by COVID-19 provides information on federal, state, and local government policies relevant to workers affected by the pandemic
- Gig Workers Collective provides information on where to look for rent, utility, and food assistance organized by state, with some nationwide resources included
- COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities is a collection of free national and state-level resources intended to help undocumented communities
- Informed Immigrant presents a broad range of resources in Spanish and English for immigrants and advocates
- Asylum Seekers’ Guide to Surviving Coronavirus lists legal resources for undocumented and immigrant communities
- Refugee Council USA’s resources for refugees, community members, and resettlement workers on COVID-19 and relief efforts