Food & Friends’ COVID-19 Response

Our Latest Update

Read the latest message from Executive Director Carrie Stoltzfus to learn about our latest efforts in response to the pandemic.

A lot has changed in our operations since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but our volunteers and staff are still safely preparing and delivering thousands of meals every week. Take our virtual tour to find out how!

How You Can Help


Deliver meals – Delivery volunteers remain our highest need right now. We’re practicing no-contact deliveries and are staggering food pickups outside to minimize person-to-person interaction.

Kitchen volunteering – We have opened a limited number of volunteer spots to existing volunteers to help with meal preparation and packing. New social distancing and mask rules are in place and we appreciate everyone’s concerted effort to maintain a safe working environment.

You can sign up for shifts through VolunteerHub. New volunteers must complete a free background check and online orientation before signing up for a shift. 

** Given the population we serve, we’re asking that volunteers returning to Food & Friends continue to take the necessary precautions in their daily lives, such as taking your temperature each morning, wearing masks and face coverings in public spaces, using hand sanitizer and practicing social distancing in all public spaces. **


Please donate. Your gift will help provide home-delivered nutritious meals to vulnerable individuals through this pandemic and beyond.



Start Your Own Fundraiser

Using Food & Friends’ easy, do-it-yourself fundraising platform, you can create your own fundraising page to collect donations. This is a great way to virtually come together with your friends and family in support of a cause you care about. We’ll provide plenty of help and resources to make it simple.

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Service Updates

Home-Delivered Meals will be delivered once a week for the foreseeable future, rather than the prior 3-times per week schedule. Clients will still receive 18 meals per week and we continue to use our 11 specialized meal plans.

Groceries-to-Go clients will remain on their usual bi-weekly schedule, though some delivery dates have shifted.

Have a service question? Call (202) 269-6820.

If you are not eligible for Food & Friends’ service but need food assistance, please call 1-800-349-8323 (Washington, DC);
240-777-1755 (Montgomery County, MD); or 301-883-6627 (Prince Georges County, MD).

In The News

How Food & Friends meets increased food demand from those at highest risk of coronavirus” by John Domen, WTOP News, April 17, 2020

AIDS Services Know How to Love in a Plague” by John-Manuel Andriote, NextAvenue, April 17, 2020

At US food banks, a cupboard increasingly bare” by Cyril Julien, AFP, April 2, 2020

Volunteering and coronavirus: When helping people could mean putting them at risk” by Jessica Contrera and Ian Shapira, The Washington Post, March 17, 2020

Food & Friends will continue making deliveries, despite COVID-19 pandemic” by John Riley, MetroWeekly, March 12, 2020

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