Food & Nutrition Programs

Food & Nutrition Resources

Frederick Soup Kitchen: The Frederick Soup Kitchen provides an evening meal seven days a week and serves over 2,400 meals per month. Started in 1984, the Frederick Soup Kitchen is staffed by a paid cook and over 250 volunteers who serve a free evening meal to anyone in need. The Frederick Soup Kitchen serves up to 110 people a night and more than 25,000 meals are served annually.

Frederick Foodbank: The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) operates the Frederick Foodbank that serves approximately 600 to 700 households each month. Started in 1983, the Frederick Foodbank is staffed by 50 volunteers and provides a 3- to 5-day supply of food to families and individuals that are experiencing an economic crisis and cannot afford their groceries.

Summer Food Service Program: Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program was initiated during the summer of 1994. The program provides a free lunchtime meal to children age 18 and younger and targets lower-income children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The nutritious and balanced meals are served Monday through Friday during the months of June, July, and August at local parks and youth centers.

Backpack Program: Through a partnership with Hillcrest Elementary School, FCAA staff and volunteers fill 450 backpacks with nutritious food items every two weeks during the school year and school staff distribute the backpacks to children that are at-risk of hunger and malnutrition. The backpacks are filled with food items that children can easily prepare and eat when school meals are not available or parents may be working.

After-School Supper Program: FCAA staff members prepare and deliver an evening meal for students in an After-School Program operated by the Police Activities League (PAL); the meal is served at the PAL Center located in Lucas Village. Meal costs are reimbursed.