IMPORTANT: For up-to-date information about food resources during COVID-19, visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food.
COVID-19 Response Efforts NEW!
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- 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 a WIC participant is having trouble finding WIC-issued formula at the grocery store, they 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.
- DC WIC’s food list has been temporarily 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 https://www.dcwic.org/covid-19.
- CSFP has increased its distribution to homebound seniors.
- The current CSFP certification period has been extended by 90 days.
- Current CSFP participants that have not received their monthly food box please call the Capital Area Food Bank at 202-644-9880.
- For more information on CSFP/Grocery Plus program updates, please visit: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/.
Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome too. WIC participants also receive vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market during the summer months through the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) teaches people eligible for SNAP about healthy nutrition, how to make food dollars stretch further, and how to be physically active at any age in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides seniors with low-income a monthly box of nutritious groceries and nutrition education. CSFP participants also receive vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market during the summer months through the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
- The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program aims to expand the awareness and use of farmers’ markets by providing fresh fruits and vegetables to women, infants (6-12 months), children and seniors.
Local Nutrition Assistance Programs
- The Produce Plus Program provides DC residents with low-income up to $20 per week to purchase local produce at Farmers Markets across the city.
- Produce Prescription Program (PRx) formerly known as Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx), supports medical professionals in the District to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses (diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypertension) and food insecurity.
- The Healthy Corner Stores Partnership empowers small businesses in underserved neighborhoods to stock and sell nutritious, affordable foods, in turn making it easier for residents to purchase healthy, fresh options.
- Joyful Food Markets are monthly free markets at 53 elementary schools in Ward 7 and 8. Students receive 23 pounds of produce and healthy pantry items in a supportive, education-focused environment.
- Home Delivered Meals provides medically-tailored meals to homebound DC residents and their caregivers. The service is available to patients with chronic diseases, including poorly managed diabetes upon recommendation of their health care provider.
- Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to all parts of the District with an emphasis on communities facing barriers to food access.