The Department of Social Services' Emergency Food Assistance Program is the clearinghouse for over 30 local community pantries and shelters for distribution of donated food.
- Call (301) 909-6343 to receive a list of pantries and soup kitchens and choose one nearby. *Note that not all groups deliver so be sure to inquire about any transportation options*
- In order to apply you must qualify by bringing any necessary information/documents requested by the organization in addition to one of the following - Independence card, Employment check stubs or Unemployment notice.
Visit these websites for alternative assistance:
- SHARE Food Network
- Capital Area Food Bank
- United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP)
- Mission Nutrition 2019 Locations/Dates
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Susan Denison Mona Center
Emergency shelters are temporary housing solutions for people when they can't live in their previous residence. Prince George's County requires all referrals to County Shelters be made through the Homeless Hotline at 1-888-731-0999 OR 301-909-6362. Referrals are made on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on eligibility and required documentation, visit this website to learn more.
The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) helps low-income residents pay heating bills, minimize heating crises and make energy costs more affordable. This is a grant paid directly to the utility company on the customer's behalf under the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs. You can apply anytime during the year, but you must reapply each fiscal year. Learn more information about eligibility and the application process HERE.
The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) provides financial assistance to low-income residents to pay a portion of their current electric bills and are placed on a budget billing plan with the utility company. You can apply anytime during the year, but you must reapply each fiscal year. Learn more information about eligibility and the application process HERE.