COVID-19 Relief Provided by the CARES Act

The City of Bowie has received funding under the federal CARES Act to provide support to Bowie residents. Programs include:

  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Food Distribution
  1. Food Aid
  2. Emergency Rental Assistance
  3. Previous Activities

Emergency Food Distribution for City of Bowie Residents

As part of the City of Bowie's COVID relief programming, funded via the CARES Act, the grants office, in collaboration with the Department of Community Services, the Bowie faith community, and many volunteers, distributed emergency food aid. The food available was a selection of non-perishable groceries that could be used to prepare a variety of meals, and distributed at drive-through events with all volunteers wearing PPE.

Overall, the emergency food assistance program in 2020 and 2021 distributed 3,227 bags of non-perishable groceries and served 868 households representing 3,253 Bowie residents. The program recruited 150 community residents to help sort, pack, and distribute the food to residents.Bowie Food Distribution Fall 2020

The City hosted food distribution events in the fall of 2020 at a variety of locations around Bowie:

  • Rockledge Elementary, Saturday, October 17, 2020
  • Bowie Marketplace Shopping Center behind Harris Teeter Grocery Store, Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Bowie Town Center Shopping Center behind Five Guys Restaurant, Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Village Baptist Church, Saturday, November 7, 2020
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 14, 2020

Bowie Food Aid Bags

With additional CARES Act funding, the City was able to host additional food distribution events via the Kenhill Center in August and November of 2021 on the following dates:

  • August 7, 2021
  • August 14, 2021
  • August 21, 2021
  • August 28, 2021
  • November 6, 2021
  • November 13, 2021

Bowie Food Distribution Nov 2021

Priority groups for this program included seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and households that have had their income impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Kay Starr at 301-809-3009 or email

If you are in need of food assistance but are not a resident of the City of Bowie, please contact the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry or United Communities Against Poverty.