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CAC’s COVID-19 Pop-up Pantries helping Howard County residents

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) continues to help residents with its Pop-up Pantries, having served 12,000 Howard County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, low-income residents in Howard County relied on the Howard County Food Bank (operated by CAC) for their grocery needs. To adjust for social distancing requirements and keep residents from having to leave their neighborhood, CAC is now providing them with pre-packaged bags of food. Typically, residents would need to fill out a form in order to be approved to shop at the food bank, but the Pop-up Pantries are open to the public and only require an government-issued ID and proof of residency in Howard County.

Each bag includes staple items such as fresh produce, soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, juice boxes, pasta/rice, a dzen eggs, milk, chicken and personal essentials including toilet paper.

A full schedule of Pop-up Pantries can be found at


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