Catonsville Emergency Assistance is able to provide income-eligible clients and their families with a week’s worth of groceries once a month. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we also provide additional food for families to celebrate the holidays.
Our eligibility requirements are:
- You must live within our service area which is Greater Catonsville. CEA’s boundaries are: Security Boulevard to the north; Baltimore City line on the east; Wilkens Avenue on the South; and the Howard County line on the west. Click here for a live Google map of the CEA Service Area.
- You must be below moderate income based on the Federal guidelines published by the Housing and Urban Development Department.
These are: the total household income before any deductions from all sources (including but not limited to gross wages, retirement, disability and any other government or private benefits) must fall in one of the following ranges.
FY 2016 Income Limits Summary Baltimore County, Maryland
|Family Size||Monthly Income Range|
|1||$0 to $3729|
|2||$0 to $4262|
|3||$0 to $4795|
|4||$0 to $5325|
|5||$0 to $5754|
|6||$0 to $6179|
|7||$0 to $6604|
|8||$0 to $7029|
Your First Appointment
To make an appointment please call our office at 410-747-4357 or fill out a request online.
What to Bring For Your First Appointment
You will need to bring all of the items listed below:
1. Your photo I.D. (driver’s license or other government photo identification)
2. Social Security Card for each member of your household
3. Proof of residence. Your BGE bill is preferred. If you do not pay utilities yourself, bring a rent receipt or a copy of your lease.
4. Proof of income received in the last 30 days for all in household you may use pay stubs and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI),
Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), food stamps award letters, etc.
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Getting Additional Help
Are you eligible for food stamp benefits?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, and formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP. Benefits are provided on a debit card and are accepted at most grocery stores.
Eligibility is based upon your monthly income and the size of the family you are supporting. Not sure if you qualify? See the chart: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/iag.pdf. In order to receive benefits you must file an application, be interviewed, and meet all financial and technical eligibility factors. Some people who have little or no money may qualify for Expedited Food Supplement benefits right away. In this case, all that would be required is an interview and identity verification.
How to apply: You need to file an application with your Local Department of Social Services either in person, by mail or fax or online at www.marylandsail.org.
Click here http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=805 for a list of local Department of Social Service offices.
Food For Homeless People in Catonsville
Catonsville Emergency Assistance provides a bag with approximately a week’s worth of ready to eat food (no cooking or refrigeration needed) to homeless persons who register with our office. This service is available once a week as a walk-in service during office hours.