hunger ministry

we are all about feeding people in body and spirit. 

St Paul’s Hunger Ministry seeks to feed 100 families in the 20895 zip code. We serve families who struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables. One thing we have learned: area food banks are desperate for help. 

People respond well during the holiday season and food pantries fill to the brim. But as the first of the year unfolds, the need grows and the shelves empty. To meet this need, the Justice and Compassion Team invites you to contribute generously.


If you want to deliver food, donate groceries, make a financial contribution to the Hunger Ministry or volunteer, 

contact the St. Paul's Hunger Ministry, at 301-933-7933 ext. 511 or

We welcome non-perishable food, grocery store gift cards ($25), and financial donations. 

Food Donation Suggestions 

Non-perishable food items can be placed in bins in the Narthex at any time. All donations are appreciated.

You can help streamline our process by packing a full bag with everything a hungry family needs. Please attach a number to your filled bag so we know it's ready to distribute - no additional sorting or packing needed. You are also welcome to include a message to a family wishing them well.

  Bag #1  

Rice - 1 bag or large box or 2 small boxes

Beans - 1 bag or 2 cans

Pasta - 1 box or bag

Pasta Sauce - 1 large jar or can

Mac & Cheese - 2 boxes

Chicken Breast - 1 or 2 cans

Tuna (or other fish) - 2 cans

  Bag #2

Vegetables - 3 cans

Fruit (including applesauce) - 2 cans or jars

Peanut Butter - 1 jar

Jelly or Jam - I jar or bottle

Soup - 2 or 3 cans


Please deliver donations to the church on Sunday mornings

or throughout the work week, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Food is sorted on the first Sunday of the month; food is distributed to families the following day. 

emergency food assistance

In addition to our ongoing Communion Collect monthly food distribution, St. Paul's works with Bethesda Help to deliver a three-day supply of food on weekdays to Kensington area 20895 individuals and families within 24 hours of the request.


If your family needs an emergency delivery of food, please call 301-365-2022.

In addition to 20895, Bethesda Help serves other zip codes, visit their website for more information on their supports and service area.