DSS Program


What is the DSS emergency food distribution Program?

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

Clients without food can follow the steps below:

Go to the Department of Social Services Family Investment Center nearest you and request an emergency food voucher.
Locate a nearby Maryland Food Bank network partner site that distributes DSS emergency food boxes. Someone at your DSS Family Investment Center should be able to help you with this!
Use the voucher you received at the Family Investment Center to redeem an emergency three-day supply of food from the Maryland Food Bank network partner.

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 impacts the number of vouchers provided:

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

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

Want to Learn More?

Contact our DSS Program coordinator for more information.

You can also check out our fact sheet (PDF)!

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

Below, you’ll find a list of DSS Family Investment Centers. Once you receive a voucher from a Family Investment Center, ask for help locating a nearby network partner that can provide you with an emergency food supply.

DSS Family Investment Centers

Dunbar/Orangeville Center
2919 E. Biddle St., 21224

Harbor View Center
18 Reedbird Ave., 21225

Hilton Heights Center
500 N. Hilton Ave., 21225

NorthEast Regional Center (NERO)
2000 N. Broadway St., 21213

Homeless Emergency Environment Services (HEESU)
1920 N. Broadway Street, 21213

Northwest Regional Center
5818 Reisterstown Road, 21215

Penn – North Center
2500 Pennsylvania Avenue, 21217

SouthWest Regional Center
1223 W. Pratt Street, 21223

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