Meals being served at sites around Baltimore, changes to protect SNAP benefits

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 18:55:07-04

BALTIMORE — Many people have been making a run on grocery stores and hoarding whatever they can since the coronavirus hit Maryland.

However, everyone doesn’t have the money or access to a supermarket to stock up on food.

Baltimore City's Food Policy Director is working to make sure families, older adults and others in need don't go hungry during the pandemic.

Since the coronavirus outbreak hit Baltimore, officials said they've served more than 5,000 meals at nearly 100 sites around the city.

Meanwhile, the passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act may bring some relief to those in the SNAP Food Stamp Program.

“Through this Relief Act, the state will have the ability to grant participants, snap participants, with additional funds on their cards, their EBT Cards, especially for families and children who are out of school,” said Baltimore City Food Policy Director, Holly Freishtat.

Thousands of Baltimoreans who were facing changes to their benefits will no longer have to worry about the three-month limit during the COVID-19 outbreak.