Food insecure Baltimoreans can pick up healthy meals at more than 50 designated grab-and-go meal sites throughout the city, and no one will ask for identification or other personal information, city officials say.
Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Jack Young both donned plastic gloves to hand out meals to families and youth at Greenmount Recreation Center.
Young said the day’s boxed lunches included turkey or ham and cheese sandwiches, milk cartons and a vegetable. “Healthy stuff,” he said.
Individuals and family groups approached the pick-up window separately and got a spritz of hand sanitizer before they got their boxed lunches.
“We appreciate everyone who is a part of this and making sure people get fed in spite of this crisis,” the governor said. “We want to make sure that everybody is safe and still maintains social distancing.”
Hogan closed all bars and eat-in restaurants over a week ago. Some food establishments have begun drive-through, carryout and food delivery services. Grocery stores, considered essential services by the state and federal governments, will remain open.
Children and youth can pick up breakfast and lunch from any city schools distribution sites from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.. They can pick up snacks starting at 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at any of the recreation center sites. Families can pick up meals at eight Housing Authority of Baltimore City sites.
City officials say older adults should reserve a meal in advance through the Eating Together website and call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273 for their pickup time. Older adults who are not Eating Together Participants but need meals can also contact Maryland Access Point.
All in all, Marylanders can receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner at more than 500 meal sites throughout the state.