Food & Friends provides meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses. Determination of eligibility is entirely health-based; Food & Friends has no requirements for income or insurance coverage. All meals are free-of-charge to the client. Food & Friends clients must be referred by a healthcare provider.
To be eligible for our services, one must have a qualifying illness or be receiving hospice care, have a compromised nutritional status, and have a limited ability to prepare his/her own meals. Qualifying illnesses include: HIV/AIDS, cancer, poorly-controlled diabetes, stage 5 renal disease, congestive heart failure (NYHA class III or IV), chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder “COPD” (stage III or IV), multiple sclerosis (RRPS, SPMS, PPMS), ALS (middle or late stages), Parkinson’s (Stage III, IV or V) and Cystic Fibrosis. Anyone currently in hospice care is qualified to become a client, regardless of their illness.
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 George’s County, MD).
To find out if you or someone you know qualifies, please take the short quiz below.
Six days a week, 52 weeks a year, Food & Friends ensures that our clients never miss a meal. Our service area spans 5,346 square miles and includes all of DC, 7 counties in Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities in Virginia. We serve the following regions: