The Department of Aging and Community Living’s hotline is operational, and seniors who need information or assistance should call (202) 724-5626. The call center will conduct a quick assessment and connect you to the appropriate service.
Special Hours for Seniors at Grocery Stores
For WIC Participants
WIC has been deemed an essential service in the District of Columbia. WIC sites are providing services over the phone. WIC participants should call their WIC site for information on how to receive their WIC benefits.
- Click here for a full list of DC WIC site locations and phone numbers; be sure to call the WIC site to schedule a call with your WIC Nutritionist.
- If you think you may be eligible to receive WIC, check out USDA’s prescreening application tool to check your eligibility status.
- If you are having trouble finding WIC-issued formula at the grocery store, you should speak to the store manager to see when shipments are scheduled and whether items (such as formula) can be put on hold for them.
- Participants with checks for special formulas may order these formulas at any authorized Pharmacy location. These pharmacies have 48 hours to obtain your special formula.
- DC WIC’s food list has been temporary expanded to allow for additional food items to be purchased with DC WIC checks during the COVID-19 public health emergency, effective April 1, 2020. You can find the list of expanded food items here.
- For additional information on DC WIC program updates, visit dcwic.org/covid-19.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/ Grocery Plus
For recipients of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/ Grocery Plus:
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), locally known as Grocery Plus, serves the District of Columbia’s senior population who are 60 years and older with a limited income.
CSFP has increased its distribution to home bound seniors. The current CSFP certification period has been extended by 90 days.
Current CSFP participants who have not received their monthly food box should call the Capital Area Food Bank at (202) 644-9880.
For more information on CSFP/Grocery Plus program updates, please visit http://capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/
Other Food Resources
Thanks to our tireless agency, nonprofit, and local business partners, there are a range of services for DC residents who need food resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have created a map of these resources that will be updated each evening.
Please consider the following:
- If you have food at home, please stay home. DC Health is prioritizing social distancing and self-quarantine to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus. Those who have food and other resources at home should use those resources first and maintain social distancing.
- Consider home delivery. Currently, the District is providing home-delivered meals for seniors in need (see below). Many grocery stores and local farms also provide home delivery.
- Seek out food if necessary. See the range of resources on this map. Notably, meals for children under 18 years old are provided at DCPS sites and charter school sites. Meals for seniors are being delivered to seniors in their homes.
If you’re providing a service not covered below, please email [email protected] with:
- Name of business/organization
- Service being provided
- Point of contact information
Can't find what you're looking for? A local non-profit organization, DC Food Project, has independently collected a list of other food resources that may be available to you or your family. Find those resources here: http://dcfoodproject.org/emergency-food-access.
Grocery stores are reporting no disruptions in their supply chains. If you observe empty shelves at your local stores, this is due to increased demand, but the stores are still getting new shipments on regular schedules. Ask a store manager when a product will be available. We are monitoring the situation closely and supporting grocers and distributors to ensure continuity of service.
We encourage you to continue purchasing food at farmers markets located in the District of Columbia. Farmers markets are essential food sources for residents in all eight Wards, and continue to operate throughout the District. Vendors and their employees are taking precautions to limit the spread of infections like regularly washing their hands, cleaning facilities and vendor areas more frequently, and reducing close contact with each other. They are also taking steps to ensure customers have a safe shopping environment. These steps include providing hand sanitizer; frequently disinfecting surfaces; and suspending the offering of samples. Farmers markets are a great way to support local farmers in this period of economic uncertainty, and your support can help decrease the high demand currently placed on grocery store stocks.
- Columbia Heights (Civic Plaza, Park Rd NW & 14th St NW): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm
- Dupont Circle (Mass Ave & Hillyer Place, 1500 20th St NW): Sundays 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
- Eastern Market (225 7th St SE) · The outdoor farmers market and indoor food merchants at Eastern Market remain open, and a variety of indoor merchants are providing takeout options.
- Indoor Food Merchants: Tuesdays–Fridays from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 7 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.
- Outdoor farmers market vendors: Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.
- SW Farmers Market (425 M St SW): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm
- Maret School Farmers Market (3000 Cathedral Avenue NW): Saturdays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Monroe Street (Arts Walk + Plaza, 716 Monroe St NE): Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm
- Palisades Market (48th Place and MacArthur Blvd NW): Sundays 9 am to 1 pm
To ensure that nutritious food is available in all DC neighborhoods, DC Central Kitchen's Healthy Corners program is continuing operations and discounting fresh, whole fruits and vegetables up to 50%. You can find a full list of participating stores here.
DC Health Guidance for Essential Food Businesses
DC Health has created guidance for essential food businesses.