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Coronavirus Testing

Pre-registration for Public Testing

It’s best to get testing through your provider, but if you need to use public testing, you can save time in line by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov/register to create a profile from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Food Resources

On this page, you'll find:

Get Help Hotline

Residents that are homebound because of COVID-19 can request support from the District for food and other essential items. Call 1-888-349-8323 or visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp

Food Resource Map

Thanks to our tireless agency, nonprofit, and local business partners, there are a range of food resources for DC residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an updated map of these resources.

If you’re providing a service not on the map, please email [email protected] with:

  • Name of business/organization
  • Service being provided
  • Hours/location
  • Point of contact information

The District has created a print version of the Interactive Food Resources Map below for sites offering free grocery distribution and meals which can be viewed here:

For Students

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program provides food benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to District families with children who normally receive free or reduced-priced school meals if not for virtual learning due to COVID-19. For the one-time September payment, the daily food benefit is equal to $5.86 per child, per school day and can be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally food stamps) EBT benefits and can also be used to purchase food for delivery online at Amazon.

Children who received a P-EBT payment last school year AND who were eligible for free and reduced price-meals again this year, along with eligible children in SNAP households received the one-time federally-authorized payment for the 2020-2021 school year that was paid on September 29, 2020. For families currently participating in SNAP or TANF, P-EBT benefits were automatically loaded onto the family’s existing EBT card. Families not participating in SNAP or TANF automatically received the funds on their previously issued P-EBT card. More information about the District’s P-EBT program is available at dhs.dc.gov/p-ebt.

At this time, the District is not authorized to issue additional P-EBT benefits.

For Seniors

 

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.

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 capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response.

For Pregnant Women and Mothers with Young Children

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age five buy healthy food and receive nutrition and breastfeeding counseling.

If you think you may be eligible for WIC:

Important changes to DC WIC operations during COVID-19:

  • WIC sites are providing all services over the phone.
  • All benefits will be mailed to participants.
  • For additional information on DC WIC, visit dcwic.org/covid-19

Finding WIC-issued formula at the store:

  • If you are having trouble finding your WIC-issued formula at the store, please speak to the store manager to see when shipments are scheduled. Some stores are able to put items (such as formula) on hold for customers.
  • 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.

Food Assistance Programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps)

The District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps residents buy the food they need. Eligibility and minimum benefits for the program have been expanded. If you think you may be eligible for SNAP benefits, you can complete and submit an application through the DC Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS has a combined application for public benefits, so you can apply for SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, financial assistance), and Medical Assistance (Medicaid, Alliance and other medical assistance programs available through DHS) with the same application. Learn more about the Combined Application for Public Benefits here.

If you are a current SNAP recipient, please be aware recertifications of benefits are scheduled to begin in March 2021. If your contact information has changed since you first applied/your last recertification, it is important to update your information to ensure that you are notified when it is time to recertify. You can update your information at dcbenefits.dhs.gov; through the District First mobile app (formerly DC Access) on both Android or iPhone; or by calling DHS at (202) 727-5355; for the hearing impaired you may call TTY/TDD 711.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online

In May 2020, the District of Columbia (District) launched the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing Program.[B(1] Benefits can be redeemed through Amazon, Aldi (via Instacart), and Safeway (located at 6500 Piney Branch Road, NW for online order pickup). You can find all the details on each of these programs on the Department for Human Services’ website: dhs.dc.gov/snapinfo. For FAQs and a quick reference guide on how the program works please use the links below.

 

Healthy Corners

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.

Nearby Resources

Do you live in a neighboring jurisdiction? Our partners have resources in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

DC Health Guidance for Essential Food Businesses

DC Health has created guidance for essential food businesses to keep staff and customers safe during the public health emergency:

Grocery Shopping

When you go to the grocery store or other food outlet, please continue to follow Mayor Bowser's directives for retail food outlets:

  • Do not enter a grocery store if you have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) or symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose). More stores are offering delivery and curbside pickup and there are several other resources on this page.
  • Wear a mask or mouth & nose covering when entering and while inside the store.
  • Cough or sneeze away from other people and into your elbow.
  • Keep 6 feet away from other customers, both inside and outside of the store.
  • Only pick up and touch what you plan to buy.

Special Hours for Vulnerable Populations

These retailers have provided special hours for vulnerable shoppers. Please call your local store on questions about hours of operation or visit their website for more information by clicking on the links provided below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feed the Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have partnered with Feed the Fridge to launch refrigerators stocked with free and fresh restaurant provided meals across the city to help residents in need. Feed the Fridge meals are grab-n-go and no registration or ID is required. Anyone of any age and residency may take a meal for free. Meals are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at select DCPS and DPR locations. Up to 100 meals at each fridge will be offered daily. Cleaning and sanitation of fridges occur daily. For more information on the Feed the Fridge program, visit feedthefridge.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feed the Fridge Locations & Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Address

Ward

Hours (Monday – Friday)

Cardozo Education Campus

1200 Clifton Street NW

1

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or 2 pm

Columbia Heights Community Center

1480 Girard Street NW

1

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

2500 14th Street NW

1

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Emery Heights Community Center

5701 Georgia Avenue NW

4

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Raymond Recreation Center

3725 10th Street NW

4

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Roosevelt STAY High School

4301 13th Street NW

4

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or 2 pm

Takoma Aquatic Center

300 Van Buren Street NW

4

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Langdon Elementary School

1900 Evarts Street NE

5

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or 2 pm

Arthur Capper Recreation Center

1000 5th Street SE

6

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Rumsey Aquatic Center

635 North Carolina Avenue SE

6

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Burrville Elementary School

801 Division Ave NE

7

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or 2 pm

Bald Eagle Recreation Center

100 Joliet Street

8

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building

Ballou High School

3401 4th Street NE

8

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or 2 pm

Fort Stanton Recreation Center

1812 Erie Street SE

8

Beginning 10 am until supplies last or close of building