Maryland Emergency Food Program (MEFP)

The Maryland Emergency Food Program (MEFP) administers annual grants to feeding organizations to purchase food to provide groceries and meals to families in need. These organizations are tax-exempt agencies and include soup kitchens, food banks, food pantries, shelters, residential treatment programs, and after-school programs. MEFP funds are allocated to all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland based on population, poverty, and unemployment. Currently, there are 104 MEFP-funded programs around the State.

Who is eligible?

MEFP does not directly provide food or access to food for individuals.
  • MEFP funds are annually granted to feeding organizations statewide that meet certain criteria and abide by MEFP guidelines.
  • Individuals who seek access to food can contact a local MEFP-funded organization:

MEFP Contact

Leslie Rice
Department of Human Services,
311 West Saratoga St.,
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3500

FY ’25 MEFP Guidelines, Application, and Submission Form

The Maryland Department of Human Services Family Investment Administration is pleased to announce the posting of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Maryland Emergency Food Program (MEFP) Guidelines, Application, and Submission Form Process.

Please carefully review the guidelines and submission process as it has changed from previous years.

FY ’25 MEFP Applications and required documentation must be submitted through the Submission Form link by Tuesday, April 30, 2024 by 5:00PM.

Applications not submitted through this process and after the due date will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Emily Bauer at or 443-257-0223.

Thank you for your continued partnership to serve Marylanders.

FY ’25 MEFP Guidelines
FY ’25 MEFP Application
FY ’25 MEFP Application Submission Form