Supporting the work of the
Frederick Community Action
Agency in its service to the
citizens of Frederick, Maryland.

In FY 2011, the Community Action Agency's Frederick Soup Kitchen served a total of 29,722 meals; its Frederick Foodbank provided food to 7,044 needy families; and its Summer Food Service program served a total of 18,205 meals to low-income youth. Learn more by downloading our annual report.


Agency Overview

Through a wide array of programs and services, the Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) provides food, shelter, medical care, housing, and other forms of assistance to families and individuals that are low-income or homeless. Started in 1968, the FCAA is sponsored by the City of Frederick and Friends for Neighborhood Progress, Inc. The major programs operated by the FCAA can be categorized into six (6) broad program areas described below:

Food and Nutrition Programs

Frederick Soup Kitchen

The Frederick Soup Kitchen provides an evening meal seven days a week and serves over 2,400 meals per month. Started in 1984, the Frederick Soup Kitchen is staffed by a paid cook and over 250 volunteers who serve a free evening meal to anyone in need. The Frederick Soup Kitchen serves up to 110 people a night and more than 30,000 meals are served annually.

Frederick Foodbank

The FCAA operates the Frederick Foodbank that serves approximately 600 to 800 households each month. Started in 1983, the Frederick Foodbank is staffed by 50 volunteers and provides a 3- to 5-day supply of food to families and individuals that are experiencing an economic crisis and cannot afford their groceries.

Summer Food Service Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program was initiated during the summer of 1994. The program provides a free lunchtime meal to children age 18 and younger and targets lower-income children who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. The nutritious and balanced meals are served Monday through Friday during the months of June, July, and August.

Backpack Program

Through a partnership with Hillcrest Elementary School, FCAA staff members fill 220 backpacks with nutritious food items each week during the school year and school staff distribute the backpacks to needy children that are at-risk of hunger and malnutrition. The backpacks are filled with food items that children can easily prepare and eat when school meals are not available.

Outreach and Transportation Programs

Outreach Services

FCAA outreach workers perform outreach to local shelters, streets, woods, and other areas where people that are homeless can be found. Staff members strive to meet people who are homeless, familiarize them with available resources, and build trusting relationships.

Transportation Services

On weekdays, the FCAA operates a free van run that transports people to a variety of health and human service agencies located around Frederick City.

Health Care Programs

Health Care for the Homeless

The Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program, initiated in 1989 through a federal grant, provides primary health care, case management, and supportive services to people that are homeless – serving about 1,200 people annually. The FCAA operates a primary health care clinic that is staffed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, medical assistants, and case managers.

Medical Assistance Provider

Under the Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Program, the FCAA is a participating provider with the following Managed Care Organizations: Priority Partners MCO, Maryland Physicians Care MCO, Riverside Health MCO, and Amerigroup MCO. The FCAA also serves patients that have Unrestricted Medical Assistance benefits.

Access to Care Program

Funded in part by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, the Access to Care (ATC) Program provides primary health care services for adults and children who are uninsured and have total household incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), as adjusted for the size of the family.

School-Based Health Center

Through a partnership with Frederick County Public Schools and the Ausherman Family Foundation, the FCAA began operating a School-Based Health Center during the summer of 2011. The School-Based Health Center serves students from Lincoln, Hillcrest, Waverley, and Monocacy Elementary Schools as well as their younger siblings.

Medbank Program

Through the Medbank Program, FCAA case managers help people to access free prescription medications made available through patient assistance programs operated by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

Housing and Weatherization Programs

HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency

The FCAA is a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency and provides pre-purchase, default, reverse mortgage, and rental counseling as well as homebuyer education classes for first-time homebuyers. FCAA Housing Counselors also administer the State-funded Community Partners Incentive Program and the House Keys for Employees of the City of Frederick – both programs provide down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides home weatherization services for income-eligible households living in Frederick County. Households eligible for weatherization must have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and meet other criteria. The family may rent or own their home, but renters must obtain landlord permission.

Housing Rehabilitation Program

Utilizing funds from a variety of resources, the FCAA provides small grants (usually less than $5,000) to lower-income homeowners to address emergency and/or health and life-safety repairs in owner-occupied housing.

Housing First Program

The Housing First Program provides subsidized permanent housing to people who need it the most – chronically homeless, disabled individuals that are literally living on the streets of Frederick. With funding from HUD and other resources, the FCAA has established eight (8) scattered-site Housing First units; supportive services like case management and primary health care are provided by FCAA staff.

Homeless Service Programs

PATH Project

The federally funded PATH Project provides case management, outreach, and transportation services to people that are homeless and have a serious mental illness. Initiated in 1992, PATH Project staff work closely with therapists and psychiatrists from other agencies to ensure adequate access to mental health treatment services for people that are homeless.

SOAR Program

The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Assessment and Recovery or SOAR Program helps people that are homeless and disabled to apply for disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. In addition, the SOAR case manager assists people with obtaining necessary documents, such as birth certificates and photo identification cards, needed to apply for benefits.

Transitional Shelter

The Frederick Transitional Shelter for Homeless Families is a 31-bed shelter that was built by the City of Frederick and is operated by the FCAA. The shelter provides transitional housing and a wide range of supportive services for homeless families and physically disabled adults. The Transitional Shelter serves approximately 60 households on annual basis.

Transitional Apartments

The Transitional Apartments provide long-term transitional housing and supportive services for families in need of transitional housing. Families residing in the Transitional Apartments must first be admitted to and stabilized at the Transitional Shelter.

Green Jobs Program

The Green Jobs Program is a supportive employment program that aims to help homeless and chronically homeless individuals return to the workforce by offering case management, transitional shelter, and supportive employment. Four (4) to six (6) individuals are employed part-time to perform a variety of beautification projects in downtown Frederick.

Energy Assistance Programs

Office of Home Energy Programs

The FCAA Office of Home Energy Programs administers several different financial assistance programs aimed at helping income-eligible households to be able to pay utility and fuel bills; minimize energy-related crises; and to assist in making utility, heating, and cooling expenses more affordable. Specifically, the FCAA Office of Home Energy Programs administers the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), and the Utility Service Protection Plan (USPP).

FCAA Foodbank Program George L. Shields Foodbank Facility 14 East All Saints Street, Frederick, MD 21701 Telephone: 301-600-6263 or 301-600-6265 FCAA Housing & Weatherization Offices 121 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701 Weatherization Assistance Program: 301-600-3974 Housing Counseling Program: 301-600-3966 FCAA Office of Home Energy Programs Frederick County Department of Social Services 100 East All Saints Street, Frederick, MD 21701 Telephone: 301-600-2410

FCAA Facilities and Offices

Frederick Community Action Agency
100 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Telephone: 301-600-1506

FCAA Foodbank Program
George L. Shields Foodbank Facility

14 East All Saints Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Telephone: 301-600-6263 or 301-600-6265

FCAA Housing & Weatherization Offices
121 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Weatherization Assistance Program: 301-600-3974
Housing Counseling Program: 301-600-3966