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 (MFB) and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide emergency assistance to Baltimore City residents in need.

Clients without food can follow the steps below:

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

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 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 Voucher Sites. Once you receive a voucher from a DSS Voucher Site, ask for help locating a nearby MFB Partner Site that can provide you with a DSS Emergency Food Box.

DSS Voucher Sites

A list of DSS Voucher Sites — with their address and phone numbers — can be found on page 2 of the DSS fact sheet (PDF).

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