“Stand Up & Deliver” Program in Prince George’s Targets Food Insecurity

Prince George’s County’s “Stand Up & Deliver” program has served residents with food during the pandemic – recognizing the wave of job losses and children already eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 62% of Prince George’s County’s public school children received free and reduced lunch. Since this pandemic began, more than 90,000 residents have been laid off from work.

This has further compounded challenges and increased the limitations for many families to provide meals daily. Additionally, our first responders and medical professionals who are fighting on the front lines of this pandemic rarely have an opportunity to stop serving and purchase a meal.

With numerous goodwill inquiries, calls, and emails from the community-at-large to lend a helping hand and safely assist where needed, the “Stand Up & Deliver” program has been established. It is an innovative and targeted solution to build capacity for community-based organizations and small businesses to address the food insecurity and basic needs of our fellow Prince Georgians.

Watch a television profile of the program on the NBC 4 website from Washington DC

For further information about the county’s partnership with the United Way of the National Capital area, including how to make donations, visit the Stand Up & Deliver web page.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties