Food Assistance

Services Provided: 

Discounted food items are available for Southern Caroline County (Federalsburg, Preston, and Harmony) residents in need of discounted groceries. Families can shop one time per month. A $15 minimum purchase is required for each visit and proof of residency is required upon your first visit only. The food center is open Thursdays from 5pm - 7pm. The Clothing Center is open the first four Thursdays of each month from 3pm-6pm. All gently worn clothing items are $.50 each and all new items are $1.00 with no minimum purchase or income guidelines required.

Peter Smith, Pastor
101 Bloomingdale Avenue
Federalsburg, MD 21632
Services Provided: 

St. Paul's United Methodist Church provides a meal to the community. The meal is provided by their soup kitchen and held on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. You can eat in or take your meal with you.

Services Provided: 

Employment services (see Caroline County Career Center), Temporary Cash Assistance, Welfare Avoidance Grants, Emergency Assistance to Families with Children, Child Care Subsidy, Temporary Disability Assistance, Public Assistance to Adults, Food Supplement Program benefits, Medical Assistance, and Long Term Care Medical Assistance. There is a Burial Assistance program that helps qualified families with burial costs for loved ones. There is a Spanish interpreter available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 1:00 to assist in completing the application for the Food Supplement Program. Call for application procedure.

P.O. Box 400
Denton, MD 21629
Services Provided: 

If you or a loved one are in need of assistance with food or clothing and live in Caroline County, Crisis Care Ministries can help. Additionally, they can assist with your housing search and act as a liaison between you and the landlord. They are not currently a funded ministry but rather rely on donations of food, clothing, and personal care items. They work with local, state, and federal agencies to provide support. Thus they do not have the ability to provide funding of any kind at the current time. Those in need are required to show proof of residence (utility bill, lease or ID) and should contact either Charles or Melissa Busch at any time.

5330 Bethlehem Road
Preston, MD 21655
Services Provided: 

Provides food to those in need through their food pantry and Food Distribution Day. Food Distribution Days take place on a bi-monthly basis on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Should food be needed prior to the next distribution day, please feel free to contact the church and if food is available through their in-house pantry, they are more than happy to help. Please bring your own grocery bags or reusable bags. The Food Distribution Days are affiliated with the Maryland Food Bank so the only criteria to receive assistance is that you are a Maryland resident.

8680 Mitchell Road
Denton, MD 21629
Services Provided: 

Imagine sitting in a classroom, struggling to pay attention and learn, because you haven't eaten in three days. Unfortunately, this is a reality for 25% of students in Caroline County. These children rarely get a meal except when they're at school. Studies show that children who don't eat over the weekend are not alert enough to learn until Wednesday after they begin receiving meals in school. This means these children are losing half of their time in school to hunger.​ The consequences of childhood hunger are significant:
Approximately 2/3 of these children are at risk for developmental delays.
By the time they are teenagers, these children are twice as likely to have seen a psychiatrist or have been suspended from school.
Children who come to school hungry have lower standardized test scores than low-income children who arrive at school well-fed.
Nationally, less than 5% of children living in poverty are likely to graduate high school.
about the backpack program
In 2015, Caroline County Public Schools launched an initiative to provide children in need with food for the weekend. On Fridays, these children are provided with backpacks filled with food. This puts the food directly into the kids' hands, ensuring they are able to eat over the weekend regardless of their circumstances at home.

CCPS also coordinates a summer food program, distributing free meals to kids 18 and younger throughout the County.

These efforts ensure children arrive at school prepared to learn. Results include improved academic performance and decreased behavioral issues.

Services Provided: 

Food pantry for people in need of food assistance. Families are required to show proof of income (paystubs) and of residence (utility bill). Open the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8:30 -10:30 am. Drop-off sites to donate to the pantry are Connie's Cut Above in Goldsboro, Anita's Hair House in Henderson, and most north county area churches. If you would like to help at the food pantry we would ask that you be at the church by 7:30am to help setup and get ready.

Tammy Lofland
P. O. Box 153
Goldsboro, MD 21636
Services Provided: 

Held at and sponsored by the Denton Church of Free Seventh-day Adventists, the Food Give Away serves Caroline County residents who are in dire need of food. Please be considerate of others. Please bring proof of residence. Come while supplies last. First come first serve.

Tina Coursey
Services Provided: 

Provides food to those in need through food pantry and Mega Food Giveaways. Mega Food Giveaways take place on a bi-monthly basis on the 3rd Thursday of the month. To register for alerts about future distribution dates, you can text (in all capital letters) "THINKINGOFYOU" to 84483. Should food be needed prior to the next distribution, call and leave a message with your name and telephone number on the voicemail and your call will be returned for a box of food which can be picked up on a Wednesday evening or Sunday after service. Affiliated with Maryland Food Bank, so the only criteria to receive assistance is that you are a Maryland resident.

9058 Double Hills Rd
Denton, MD 21629
28500 Owens Branch Road
Salisbury, MD 21801