Food and Food System Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hunger Hotline

1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE for Spanish for information about meal sites, food banks, and other services near you.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Or text 97779 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food” or “meals”.

The hotline is managed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The following resources are for individuals and families seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance is also available for food assistance programs and food system stakeholders.

Children

Individual and Families

  • Hunger hotline from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for information on meal sites, food banks, and other services near you. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) for Spanish. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
  • Hunger hotline text option. Text 97779 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food” or “meals”. The automated response will include resources located near an address and/or zip code.
  • Food finder external iconfor free food assistance programs for children and families.
  • Meals on Wheels for individuals with diminished mobility who are generally aged 60 and older, although age requirements can vary. Find a provider online external icon.
  • Tips for grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Start simple external iconfood planning during the pandemic with MyPlate.
  • Using the updated nutrition facts label external icon.
  • Healthy eating tips.

Early Care and Education and K-12 Schools

Hunger Hotline

1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE for Spanish for information about meal sites, food banks, and other services near you.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Or text 97779 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food” or “meals”.

The hotline is managed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Delivering bag of food

Food Assistance Programs

Federally-Recognized Tribes or Tribal Organizations

Restaurant and Food Retail Venues

Food Systems

Rural Areas

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