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During the current state of emergency due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, most churches are closed. However, a few are still operating food banks for people in need. In addition, some churches have moved to holding online programs.

Worship Center food bank open weekly

The Worship Center Food Pantry is open weekly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at 3075 Livingston Road in Bryans Road.

Nanjemoy church holds online services, programs

Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church, at 8705 Gilroy Road in Nanjemoy, holds Wednesday night prayer service/Bible study at 7 p.m., Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday morning worship services at 11 a.m. via the online meeting platform Zoom. Individuals with computers, laptops tablets or smartphones can visit to access the meeting. Those wishing to dial in may call 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592 and use meeting ID number 3086654610#.

Elsie’s Food Pantry open 1st, 3rd Saturdays

Elsie’s Food Pantry at Peace Lutheran Church, at 401 Smallwood Drive in Waldorf is open from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Christ Church Durham food bank is open 1st, 3rd Thursdays

The food pantry at Christ Church, Durham Parish, also known as “Old Durham,” Joe’s Place, continues to serve the community from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8700 Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy, Individuals coming to the food bank are asked to wear a mask. to not get out of their car and to follow the instructions from the volunteers. Packages of food will be given to them as the buildings are closed.

New Hope AME Church provides free meals three days a week

New Hope A.M.E. Church, at 12310 Washington Square in Waldorf, is partnering with World Kitchen to provide 300 free meals to the Charles County community at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals will be distributed promptly at 1:30 p.m. until all meals are gone. Individuals must remain in their cars during pick up of meals. For more information, call the church office at 301-870-6460 or email or register online at

Christ Episcopal Church creates coronavirus resource bank

Christ Episcopal Church in La Plata, at 112 Charles St. in La Plata, and its sister parish, Christ Church Wayside in Newburg, are creating a resource bank to link people with skills and assets to those in need. Skills on offer range from filling out forms and navigating insurance claims, to running errands, getting groceries, online tutoring and yard work. The links to offer (“I Have a Skill”) or request (“I Have a Need”) help can be found at or on either church’s Facebook page

For more information, visit, Christ Church, LaPlata on Facebook, or email the pastor, the Rev. Kate Heichler, at

Christ Episcopal Church food pantry open

The Food Pantry at Christ Episcopal Church, at 112 Charles St. in La Plata, continues to provide food to all in need from 9 to 11 a.m. every Friday. To meet the requirements of social distancing, Food Pantry staff prepare bags of food in advance, containing canned goods, rice or pasta, cereal, bread, pastry, fresh produce when available and other item, and bring them to people waiting in their cars. Those who come on foot must wait at six-foot intervals to receive food.

For more information on the Food Pantry, check

Pisgah Seventh-day Adventist Church food bank open on 3rd Wednesday

Pisgah Seventh-day Adventist Church will provide food to needy Charles County residents only, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, at 5830 Bumpy Oak road in Bryans Road. Individuals are to remain in their vehicles and bags of food will be brought to them; no one may enter the building. For additional information, call Gloria Dorsey at 301-283-3230.

Good Shepherd food pantry opens monthly on 3rd Saturday

Good Shepherd Food Pantry will be open 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at St. Mary Catholic Church Newport at 11555 St. Mary’s Church Road in Charlotte Hall. For more information, call 301-934-8825 or email

Holy Sanctuary Church food pantry opens monthly

The Holy Sanctuary Church food pantry is open the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. at 12200 Billingsley Road in Waldorf. For more information, call 301-374-6789.