Food pantries in Montgomery County Maryland.

Residents of Montgomery County Maryland can receive free food. There are a number of places that run these programs, including local churches, a food pantry or bank, as well as soup kitchens. Listed below are locations and phone numbers of a variety of centers and non-profit agencies in the community to obtain meals, groceries, and emergency food from.

Many of the centers do have restrictions or limited hours. For example, individuals may receive free food once a month or so. Some of the Montgomery County centers may also provide such items as diapers (Pampers) and baby formula, which may occasionally be available. Other pantries may serve holiday meals or offer personal hygiene supplies. When a low income family has been approved for groceries, both perishable and non-perishable food will sometimes be offered. Note that some food pantries may require a referral from a charity or government agency before each visit.

Faith Community Baptist Church
Location - 13618 Layhill Road
Silver Spring Maryland, 20906
Church phone number - 301-460-8188
Meals, groceries, and perishable items can be offered by this church.

Catholic Charities, Montgomery County Center
12247 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton MD 20902
Telephone number - 301-942-1790
The not-for profit Catholic Charities can administer a number of social service programs for the low income, unemployed, and other Montgomery County Maryland families who are struggling. Among the resources offered is a free food pantry or thrift store. They also offer basic needs such as household supplies, soap, and serve Christmas meals.

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington
501 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring Maryland, 20910
Dial 301-585-6556





Spanish Catholic Center, DC - Also serves the neighboring areas in Maryland too. People of all backgrounds and nationalities can receive food, groceries, and other perishable items. Programs are available to Spanish and non-English speakers.
1618 Monroe Street NW
Washington DC, 20010

Interfaith Works
Location - 114 West Montgomery Avenue
Rockville MD, 20850-4213
Main phone umber - 301-762-8682

Manna Food Center - This is the primary food bank for Montgomery County. They have a large number of food pantries and distribution locations across the region, and partner with charities, churches, local businesses and other agencies.

  • Long Branch Center
    8700 Piney Branch Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20901
    Hours of this branch are only Wed, 4-7PM
  • St. Camillus Church
    Address: 1600 Camillus Drive
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20903
    Hours - Mon, 2-4PM
  • Catholic Charities
    Location is 12247 Georgia Avenue
    Wheaton, MD 20902
    Hours are Tue, 4-7PM
  • Gaithersburg Family Service Agency
    Location of food pantry - 602 Diamond Avenue
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    Open on Thursdays only from 5-7PM
  • Salvation Army
    20021 Aircraft Drive
    Germantown, MD 20874
    Hours - Thur, 2-4PM
    Also may have limited help for bills, rent, medications, and information on government assistance programs.
  • East County Center
    3330 Briggs Chaney Road
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
    Food bank hours - Fri, 2-4PM




Spanish Catholic Center, Gaithersburg
Food pantry address - 201 East Diamond Avenue Suite 203
Gaithersburg MD, 20877
Number - 301-740-2523
As with the other center above, people of all backgrounds can receive food, groceries, and other items for free.

Beltway Church of Christ
Church address - 6000 Davis Boulevard
Camp Springs Maryland, 20746
Call the food bank at 301-423-2320
Hot meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas, are served to the homeless and Montgomery County families living in poverty. This is in addition to the free food bank.

Salvation Army, Montgomery County
Address is 20021 Aircraft Drive
Germantown MD, 20874
Dial 301-515-5354. This is one of the leading social service agencies. They have an onsite food pantry, offer meals, thrift store, and other aid. Case managers will help families apply for SNAP food stamps, they offer support to seniors and single moms, and help feed the working poor.

Colonial Baptist Church
Location - 9411 Liberty Road
Randallstown MD, 21133
Dial 410-655-1080 EX 10

Empowering Believers Apostolic Church - Rock Stewart Ministry
Address is 7566 East Howard Road
Glen Burnie Maryland, 21060
Call the church at 410-761-9272

Islamic-American Zakat Foundation
Location - 4641 Montgomery Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone number is (301) 907-0997
The non-profit helps regardless of religion. Fruits, vegetable, food for certain diets, and other items are provided.





MUM (Mid-County United Ministries)
Address: 2424 Reedie Drive
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 929-8675
The charity will try to meet basic needs. Montgomery County senior can apply for Meals on Wheels. There are also free paper goods for the home, bags of groceries, and other assistance provided.

Adventist Community Services
Address is 501 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone number is (301) 585-6556

Gaithersburg HELP
Address: 431 N. Frederick Ave. Suite 105
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone number -  (301) 216-2510
Hundreds of lower income families call the service each month.

Echoes from the Streets at Silver Spring Church of God
106 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Call the food pantry as well as soup kitchen at (301) 570-5657

Compassion Ministries Food Bank Program at Christian Life Center
Address is 11800 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: (301) 926-3761 ext. 104
The faith based charity feeds children during the summer, gives boxes of canned or fresh food to families living in poverty, and has goods for single moms and the disabled among others.

First Baptist Church Food Closet
Phone: (301) 585-5454

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
Address of the food bank - 9100 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone number - (301) 588-4363

HELP - This is a regional referral service. Whether someone needs to apply to Senior Brown Bag or SNAP food stamps, government and charity programs are run. They can also refer families to financial aid, job placement, and other social services.
Wheaton HELP - (301) 585-4357
Rockville FISH/HELP - (301) 564-0800
Bethesda families can dial (301) 294-4888
Damascus HELP Phone: (301) 253-4100
WUMCO - (301) 972-8481

Additional Montgomery County food programs can be available to people that dial 410.737.8282. Whether a senior citizen needs information on Commodity Supplemental Food Program or Meals on Wheels, or a working poor family needs a free box of food, assistance is arranged.


By Jon McNamara

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