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DSS Program

When Hunger is an Emergency

Baltimore City residents can get emergency food assistance through the Maryland Food Bank and the Department of Social Services (DSS).

What is the DSS Emergency Food Distribution Program?

The DSS Emergency Food Distribution Program is an innovative partnership between the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide emergency food assistance to Baltimore City residents in need.

Have an Emergency and Need Food?

Take the following steps:

  1. Go to the DSS voucher site nearest you to request a DSS emergency food voucher
  2. Locate a nearby MFB partner that distributes DSS emergency food boxes. (Someone at your DSS Voucher Site can also help you with this)
  3. Bring your I.D. and the voucher you received to an MFB partner and redeem it for an emergency three-day supply of food

Where is the Nearest Voucher Site?

Click to expand the title of the following areas to see addresses and phone numbers for DSS Voucher and nearby Voucher Redemption Sites:

East Baltimore

VOUCHER SITES (Call for Hours)

Baltimore City Department of Social Services Center:
2919 East Biddle Street, 21224
(410) 396-3835

NorthEast Regional DSS Center (NERO)
2000 N. Broadway St. 21213
(443) 378-4600

VOUCHER REDEMPTION SITES NEARBY (Call for Hours)

East Baltimore Church of God
800 Oldham Street, 21224
(410) 327-0177

Christ United Methodist Church
2001 East Chase Street, 21213
(410) 732-5600

New Life Baptist Church
2417 E. North Avenue, 21213
(410) 675-2113

NorthEast Food Pantry
4920 Harford Road, 21214
(410) 426-4009 or (410) 426-4010

West Baltimore

VOUCHER SITES (Call for Hours)

Hilton Heights Department of Social Services Center:
500 North Hilton Avenue, 21225
(443) 423-6400

Penn – North DSS Center
2500 Pennsylvania Avenue, 21217
(443) 423-7600

NorthWest Regional DSS Center
5818 Reisterstown Rd. 21215
(443) 378-4400

VOUCHER REDEMPTION SITES NEARBY (Call for Hours)

Perkins Square Baptist Church
2500 Edmondson Avenue, 21223
(410) 947-8959

Baltimore Housing
1135 North Gilmore Street, 21217
(410) 361-9588

Route 40 West Assistance & Referral
4711 Edmondson Avenue, 21229
(410) 233-4357

Paul’s Place
1118 Ward Street, 21230
(410) 625-0775

Soul Harvest Pantry
2901 Druid Park Drive #112, 21215
(443) 379-7858

South Baltimore

VOUCHER SITES (Call for Hours)

Harbor View Department of Social Services Center:
18 Reedbird Avenue, 21225
(443) 423-4700

VOUCHER REDEMPTION SITES NEARBY (Call for Hours)

St. Veronica Church
804 B Cherry Hill Road 21225
(410) 355-5999

Paul’s Place
1118 Ward Street, 21230
(410) 625-0775

North & Central Baltimore

VOUCHER SITES (Call for Hours)

L.I.G.H.T. Project / Baltimore Housing Division of Green, Healthy & Sustainable Homes
2700 N. Charles Street #202, 21218

Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center
2530 N. Charles Street #304, 21218

Payment Integrity / Change Center
1510 Guilford Avenue, 21202

Baltimore Health Care Access (BHCA)
201 E. Baltimore Street, 21202

Family Preservation
1900 N. Howard St. #3308 21218

VOUCHER REDEMPTION SITES NEARBY (Call for Hours)

Franciscan Center
101 West 23rd Street, 21218
(410) 467-5340

Baltimore Housing
1135 North Gilmor Street, 21217
(410) 361-9588

Soul Harvest Pantry
2901 Druid Park Drive #112, 21215
(443) 379-7858

NorthEast Food Pantry
4920 Harford Road, 21214
(410) 426-4009 or (410) 426-4010

Northwest Baltimore

VOUCHER SITES (Call for Hours)

NorthWest Regional DSS Center
5818 Reisterstown Rd. 21215
(443) 378-4400

Penn – North DSS Center
2500 Pennsylvania Avenue, 21217
(443) 423-7600

VOUCHER REDEMPTION SITES NEARBY (Call for Hours)

Soul Harvest Pantry
2901 Druid Park Drive #112, 21215
(443) 379-7858

Baltimore Housing
1135 North Gilmor Street, 21217
(410) 361-9588

Franciscan Center
101 West 23rd Street, 21218
(410) 467-5340

Who Can Receive an Emergency Food Voucher?

Any resident of Baltimore City may request an emergency food voucher. This includes clients with no I.D.

HOUSEHOLD SIZE DETERMINES THE NUMBER OF VOUCHERS PROVIDED:

  • 1-3 person(s) – 1 voucher
  • 4-6 persons – 2 vouchers
  • 7 or more – 3 vouchers

If you need a voucher but don’t have transportation to a Family Investment Center, transit tokens can be authorized by the BCDSS department.

Call (443) 378-4600 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to reach BCDSS.

Learn more about the Maryland Food Bank DSS Emergency Food Distribution Program

Download our program fact sheet to get the info you need.

Usted también puded echar un vistazo a nuestra hoja de datos del programa de distribución de alimentos de emergencia!

We Need Your Help

Programs, campaigns, and educational outreach at the Maryland Food Bank rely on the philanthropic support of charitable individuals like you.

Much like our food distribution efforts, outreach activities at the Maryland Food Bank rely on generous donations of money and time.

We hope you’ll consider a contribution.

How Can I Help?

Contact Us

Contact our Program Coordinator for more information about the DSS Emergency Food Distribution Program for Baltimore City residents.

Email: programsteam@mdfoodbank.org
Phone: (410) 737-8282

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