FAQs

Q: Does Bethesda Help serve only the Bethesda area?

A: No. In addition to Bethesda, we serve Chevy Chase, Kensington and parts of Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.

Q: What is the criteria to be eligible for aid?

A: First, you must live within our service area. All services are available without consideration to a client’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental condition, financial abilities, political preferences, or immigration status.

Q: How do I contact you to request help?

A: Call our Help Line at 301-365-2022

Q: Do you deliver prepared meals?

A: No. We deliver shelf-stable food such as canned items, peanut butter, rice, and dried beans

Q: How much food is delivered?

A: A supply to last a few days. The amount is based on the number of people in the household.

Q: Do you provide “special” bags for diabetics, gluten free, or other medical issues?

A: Our food bags are pre-packed and basically contain the same items. We are unable to take any special dietary or other requests.

Q: How many times can we receive food per month?

A: You may request food up to three times a month, but there must be a seven-day break in between.

Q: Where do you get the food you deliver?

A: We partner with Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to purchase much of our food for donation. In addition, we rely on food donations from food drives and individuals.


Q: What is the Bethesda Help schedule?

A: Bethesda Help is open year round with these exceptions; in 2022 we are closed on:

  • January 17th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • February 21 – President’s Day

  • May 30 – Memorial Day

  • June 20 – Juneteenth Day

  • July 4 – Independence Day

  • September 5 – Labor Day

  • October 10 – Columbus Day

  • November 11 – Veteran’s Day

  • November 24 – Thanksgiving Day

  • December 26 – Christmas (Federal holiday)

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