Food Assistance


Feeding Howard County Residents in Need

The Howard County Food Bank provides food to Howard County residents in need. CAC also sponsors fourteen (14) emergency food pantries that support families in need of emergency food assistance. As a healthy food bank, we are committed to alleviating the effects of hunger by providing adequate and nutritious food items to families. CAC distributes fruit and vegetables grown at its community garden and offers educational programs that support healthy eating habits for families. The Food Bank is supported by donations from individuals, groups, community food drives, as well as partners with grocery stores and supermarkets.

Here is a listing of our partnering food pantries

Are you eligible? Eligibility Requirements

Here is a listing of our most needed items to donate



9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J
Columbia, MD 21046

Distribution Hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1pm-4pm
Wednesdays 5pm-8pm (by appointment only)
Saturdays 9am-12pm (by appointment only)

Donation Hours:

Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm


Eligibility Requirements


Household Size Maximum Monthly Income Standards
1 $1,437
2 $1,940
3 $2,442
4 $2,945
5 $3,447
6 $3,950
7 $4,452
8 $4,955
Each additional person add $503

How to Apply

Come to the Howard County Food Bank located at: 8920 Route 108, Suite A, Columbia, MD 21045 to receive an application if you are unable to access online.

For an English Application, click here.
For a Spanish Application, click here.

Please read the attached Disclaimer, click here.

What to Bring

  • Picture Identification (MD State ID or MD State Driver’s license) for applicant and spouse (if applicable)
  • Proof of gross income for anyone in the house over the age of 18 for the pat 30-days prior to the date of application.
  • pay stubs
    • 1 if paid monthly, 2 if paid bi-weekly or twice a month, 4 if paid weekly
    • Letter on employer’s letterhead indicating gross income for the period
    • Social Security, SSI or Pension Award Letter
  • Lease, Utility Bill or statement, Fuel or Oil Bill or statement