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Posted on: July 13, 2020

FCAA Continues to Evolve Programs to Meet Community Needs, including COVID-19 Testing

The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) offers many services to the Frederick community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, FCAA continues to adapt and expand services to meet the needs of the Frederick community. Please review the information below regarding updates to FCAA’s offerings:


Frederick Community Action Agency’s Community Action Health Center is now offering testing for COVID-19 Monday through Thursday. To qualify for testing, patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • New Onset of Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Recent Exposure to anyone known to have had COVID-19

Appointments are preferred and can be obtained by calling 301-600-1393 or email  If you are not currently a patient of the Community Action Health Center, FCAA will ask you to provide some necessary demographic information. Testing will take place at the testing tent at The George L. Shields building located at 14 E. All Saints Street. Signage will be on-site to direct patients to the testing tent. Tests will not be administered for those younger than 12 years old. All Health Center staff are taking all appropriate safety precautions to protect our team, as well as the community we serve.  The Maryland Department of Health will be notified of any positive COVID-19 results.


For the remainder of the summer through August 28, 2020, free lunch and snack will be served Monday through Friday for children ages 18 and younger at the following locations:

  • Hill Street Park Pavilion, Hill Street – 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Stonegate Park Pavilion, Andover Lane – 12:30-1:00 p.m.
  • College Estates Park, Wilson Place – 12:45-1:30 p.m.
  • Amber Meadows Park, Amber Drive–12-12:30 p.m.
  • Carrollton Park, Center Street – 12:30-1:00 p.m.
  • Windsor Gardens Apts, Key Parkway - 12:30-1:00 p.m.
  • Brunswick Library, North Maple Avenue - 12:15–1:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Community Center, Stauffer Avenue 11:30-1:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Chris Bard, Supervisor of Food & Nutrition Services, with the Frederick Community Action Agency at 301-600-3972.


The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) is accepting applications for the Bay Restoration Fee Exemption Program (BRFEP). The BRFEP is aimed at lowering the cost of users of the City of Frederick Water and Sewer systems quarterly bill for those who qualify.

In 2004, the State of Maryland established the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) program to restore the vitality of the Chesapeake Bay. The BRF provides financial assistance for upgrading wastewater treatment plants and other efforts to reduce nutrient flow into the waters of the State.

Applicants may apply for a hardship waiver by contacting the FCAA at the number or email listed above for an application packet. Please note that no application will be approved if there is a delinquent balance on the water and sewer bill for the subject property.

Applicants must meet at least two of the qualifying factors listed below.

  • Receiving Energy Assistance from the Department of Social Services
  • Receiving public assistance benefits such as Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Medical Assistance (MA), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or other public assistance benefits from the Department of Social Services. (Must supply award letter as documentation)
  • Receiving disability benefits from the Veterans Administration or the Social Security Administration. (Must supply award letter as documentation)
  • Meet the household income criteria (Example: a household of four must have a total gross monthly income of less than $3,821.00).

For more information, please contact Ben Hose at 301-600-2039 or or Steve Cirko at 301-600-6995 or


The Frederick Community Action Agency Board of Directors currently has two vacancies for its Board of Directors.  Individuals interested in becoming board members should send a letter of interest to

For more information on FCAA’s programs and COVID-19 response, please visit Since declaring a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020. Mayor Michael O’Connor and The City of Frederick have been committed to maintaining operations that are critical to the life, health, and safety of our residents. The City has also focused on the delivery of all additional City services through alternative means to keep City employees and the public safe. To stay up to date on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit or the City’s social media channels.

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