Food Resources for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area

The Self Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) Food Network

The SHARE Food Network distributes high quality, affordable nutritious food as a way to build community and strengthen families.  Organized through 320 churches and community groups, participants perform two hours of volunteer service and pay $19.00 monthly to purchase groceries worth approximately $40.00 - $45.00.


DC Food Finder

The DC Food Finder will increase awareness of existing food resources in the city and ensure that residents can stretch their food dollar as far as possible to get through a tough time.

Capitol Area Food Bank Hunger Lifeline: (202) 639-9770

An information and referral service that links those in need of emergency services in Washington DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Northern Virginia to agencies in their area that can assist them. 

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

·        To apply for WIC in Washington DC


Or call: (202) 645-5663

·        To apply for WIC in Maryland 


Or call: 1-800-242-4WIC

·        To apply for WIC in Virginia


Or call: 1-888-942-3663

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as “Food Stamps”

SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.