St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen 

PLEASE NOTE: Our Charlotte Hall Take-and-Go distribution site will be moving effective Monday, Aug. 24

The new location will be:
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 
located at 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd. Mechanicsville
(Located right off Rt. 235), just north of the Apple Basket.

Bagged lunches for anyone in need will be served at Mt. Zion on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00-12:30 with a Pop-Up Pantry offered every Wednesday. 

For questions, please contact the soup kitchen at 301-863-5700.

A huge thank you to April’s Pools for opening their parking lot to us since March.




Update: School Feeding Programs

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 28, 2020) – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), in partnership with St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services has engaged the assistance of local food service facilities to ensure continued safe food distribution to families with children. Food will be prepared and packaged in off-site food service facilities licensed and inspected by the St. Mary’s County Health Department and brought to the schools for distribution.

No contact, drive-up meal service will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020. Services are also scheduled for next week, Monday through Wednesday June 1 – June 3, 2020, at the locations listed below from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Leonardtown Elementary School
22885 Duke Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Greenview Knolls Elementary School
45711 Military Lane
Great Mills, MD 20634

Margaret Brent Middle School
29675 Point Lookout Road
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Lexington Park Elementary School
46763 Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge. Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive meals that they can take home during current school closures. For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservice@smcps.org.

For local COVID-19 data, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m – 5 p.m. For information on St. Mary’s County Government Operations and Updates please visit their website at www.stmarysmd.com/covid-19/updates/.

Joint Press Release:
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services
St. Mary’s County Health Department
St. Mary’s County Government


School Feeding Programs Closed Thursday 5-28-20 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Joint Press Release:
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
St. Mary’s County Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 27, 2020) – An outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified involving St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) employees; the public health response involves universal testing of individuals working in the food preparation and distribution system for Community Feeding Programs. As a result, the SMCPS drive-up meal service at all locations will be closed Thursday, May, 28, 2020 for deep cleaning and employee testing.

“Thankfully, exposure risk to community members who received food through the SMCPS drive-up meal service is extremely low as distribution did not involve close contact between staff and those picking up food,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Our health department is working very closely with SMCPS to investigate and respond to this situation.”

SMCPS is working with St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services to organize a backup food distribution mechanism that will commence on Friday, May 29, 2020 after the deep cleaning is complete.

“We are doing everything we can to establish a new process for food pick-up while ensuring the safety of our team members and of the families who rely on these meals,” said Dr. James Scott Smith, St. Mary’s County Superintendent.

Further information/updates to meal distribution through the Community Feeding Program may be forthcoming.

For local COVID-19 data, updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m  – 5 p.m.


Feed My Sheep Food Pantry Re-opening

The Fed My Sheep Food Pantry at the Lexington Park Baptist Church will be re-opening on Wednesdays from 1 pm until 3:30 pm, starting Wednesday May 13, 2020. The Food Pantry is located in the Preschool Education Wing of the Church at 46855 S. Shangri-La Drive,  LEXINGTON PARK,  MD 20653.


This from the Helping Hands food pantry



Mobile Food Drive is *this* Saturday, April 25, 9am-11am in the parking lot at Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Road Lexington Park, MD. Partnering with the MD Food Bank & Farming-4-Hunger, this is basically a Free Farmer’s Market. Often, fresh produce, meat, milk, and other excellent options (but we won’t know until the truck pulls in). Spread the word, and see you Saturday morning.


The Church of the Ascension Drive-up food pantry will re-open on Thursday April 23 from 3-6 pm and the following Monday from 9 am until noon. This will be the new pantry schedule.

Maryland COVID-19 SNAP BENEFITS


Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

Food and CrisisOn this page you will find a list of resources specific to our St. Mary’s County Community. At the top we will list what our Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry options are and our Ridge Campus Food Pantry. We are operating a little differently due to quarantine and social distancing regulations at this time so please keep checking back to see our most up to date plan on how we can continue to serve our community in a safe and healthy way.


Currently our Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry will be distributing food pantry items outside every other Tuesday starting March 31 from 11am-12:30pm, for as long as we have resources to do so.
Address: 25550 Point Lookout Rd. Leonardtown, MD ( on Rt. 5 next to St. Mary’s Hospital)
Those dates are:

April 13
April 26

Our Ridge Food Pantry will be open weekly for drive-up service Wednesdays between 10:30-11:30am.Address: 13723 Point Lookout Road in Ridge, Maryland (on Route 5 just south of the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department)


Lexington Park area Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens are working in Concert with one another to be sure food is available each weekday

Church of the Ascension – drive through

            Temporarily Closed

             21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653 

Trinity Lutheran Church

            Tuesdays 6 pm – 7:30 Pm

            46707 S. Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church

             Wednesdays and Fridays 10 am – 11:30 am

             20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

 St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen

              Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 1 pm – Carry out meals only

              20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653

              Bag lunch Satellites: Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

                       Ridge in the parking lot of Dollar General, 13270 Point Lookout Rd.

                       Piney Point , in the parking lot of Chief’s Restaurant, 44584 Tall Timbers

                       Rd. 

                       Charlotte Hall at April’s Pools, on the corner of Rt. 5 and Rt. 6

                       Bushwood at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Maddox Road.

                       Rd

                       A Pop-Up Mini Pantry will be available every Wednesday at all sites.



St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen

March 24 at 3:44 PM · 

TWO MORE BAGGED-LUNCH SITES OPEN

Free bagged lunches will be available in Ridge in the parking lot of Dollar General, 13270 Point Lookout Rd. and in Piney Point, in the parking lot of Chief’s Restaurant, 44584 Tall Timbers Rd. Distribution hours are from 11 am. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A Pop-Up Mini Pantry will be available every Wednesday at all sites.
Bagged lunches are also available in Charlotte at April’s Pools, on the corner of Rt. 5 and Rt. 6 and in Bushwood in the parking lot of Quade’s Store, 36786 Bushwood Wharf Rd 

A huge thank you to these businesses who have opened their hearts and property to make food accessible to families in their time of need!



St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen

March 18 at 9:50 AM · 

St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen has added an additional take-and-go bagged lunch site in Bushwood at Quade’s Store, 36786 Bushwood Wharf Rd. First distribution will be this Friday, March 20 between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Lunches will be available Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a mini-pantry available on Wednesdays.
In order to pull this off, we need you! We are asking for fresh fruit (apples, bananas, grapes, oranges) or fruit cups, bread, chips, puddings, snack bars, packets of instant oatmeal, Capri Sun, bottled water, individual condiments, napkins and plastic spoons. Items may be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Caring, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Saturday.



Update: Drive-Up Meal Service Available for Students through the Summer Meals Program 

Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Dr. Jeff Walker, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services, 301-475-4256, ext. 7

LEONARDTOWN, MD – With increased flexibility to the guideline of the Summer Meals Program, St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be offering breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack at 4 locations.  Community members will drive up and receive all meals for the day conveniently packed in one grab and go bag for children 18 years and younger. 

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services is offering meals to students through the Summer Meals Program. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

From March 17-27, 2020, Monday-Friday, a drive-up lunch service will be provided at the locations listed below from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge.  Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive meals that they can take home during our current school closures. 

Leonardtown Elementary School
22885 Duke Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Greenview Knolls Elementary School
45711 Military Lane
Great Mills, MD 20634

Margaret Brent Middle School
29675 Point Lookout Road
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Lexington Park Elementary School
46763 Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653

For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservices@smcps.org.