Overnight, Shepherd's Table transformed its core meal program into a "to-go" model. Three meals a day became brunch and dinner, supplemented with afternoon sandwiches and snacks provided by community members wanting to help. A tent and picnic tables in the parking lot allow for social distancing, offer protection from the weather, and make a vital service comfortably available to those who have nowhere else to go. A new Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative has purchased food from neighboring restaurants, a win-win partnership that has brought income to struggling restaurants while ensuring guests have nutritious, hot, healthy meals. The Resource Center changed its hours but has remained open, providing critical services such as mail, toiletries, PPE, help with paying for prescription medicine, bus tokens, and more. In its 36+ year history, Shepherd’s Table has never missed a meal service – and COVID-19 hasn’t stopped it.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Silver Spring, MD

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, meal guests) we serve annually:   2,400
  • Number of eye exams provided annually:   245
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   18,500
  • Number of meals served annually:   54,000+
  • Number of clothes closet shopping instances annually:   7,600+

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Shepherd's Table is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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