On September 27, 1982, Paul’s Place opened its doors to the community, with a free meal for poor and homeless adults and children in the Guild Hall of St. Paul the Apostle Church (now the Mobtown Ballroom). Now, 35 years later, Paul’s Place offers a combination of programs and services unmatched by any other provider in our area to help individuals and families in Southwest Baltimore move toward self-sufficiency.

Food insecurity – the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food – is still a significant challenge for the families we serve:

  • One in four Baltimore City residents experience food insecurity.
  • The percentage of the population participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) has grown 40% since 2009, when the economic recovery began.
  • In Southwest Baltimore, 63% of the population live in a food desert – an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.

You can help! Join the Paul’s Place #BirthdayGiveDay celebration – a challenge to raise 350 gifts by the end of our birthday week (Friday, September 29).