Bowser Announces Help Line, DCPS Grocery Sites

Mayor Bowser speaks at her April 13, COVID-19 Press conference. Screenshot: DC Granicus

At her daily COVID-19 media conference Monday, April 13, Mayor Bowser announced two new District resources available to residents affected by Coronavirus. The COVID-19 Help Line will give those homebound due to COVID-19 help accessing food and other essential items. As well, grocery items will be supplied at 10 different schools throughout the week.

DCPS grocery sites

The ten grocery sites are open on a rotating schedule throughout the week. Two sites are open each weekday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. They will provide shelf-stable food and some produce for families in need to take home. Groceries are provided in addition to the breakfast and lunches already being provided at DCPS schools.

You can see the schedule for grocery services below:

From Mayor’s April 13 Situational Update. See COVID19-Situational-Update-Presentation

COVID-19 Help Line

Residents can call 1-888-349-8323 or go online to

According to the website, the helpline is intended for individuals and families who meet the following criteria as a result of the COVID-19 emergency:

  • You or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19, been directed by a healthcare provider to quarantine, or is showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • No members of your household can go out and get food, hygiene, or pediatric products
  • No neighbors or family members can go out and get food, hygiene, or pediatric products for you
  • You do not receive assistance procuring food, hygiene, or pediatric products from other providers
  • You do not have access to necessary prescription medication
From Mayoral Situational Update April 13, 2020.

If you don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria above you can still get help. To find options in your area now you can navigate to to get additional information on supplemental resources near you.