For many residents of Maryland’s Takoma/Langley Crossroads, a diverse, largely immigrant community, food that was fresh, local, healthy, and affordable was simply out of reach – until Crossroads opened its seasonal farmers market in 2007. It was the first in Maryland to accept federal nutrition benefits and first in the country to match them with tokens of equal value – a model that has been replicated at hundreds of farmers markets nationwide. Crossroads’ Healthy Eating Program shares with students and parents at local schools, community gardens, and the Crossroads Farmers Market, strategies for incorporating local produce into their daily diets. Its Microenterprise Development Program helps entrepreneurs overcome barriers as they develop food businesses and its shared-use community kitchen provides an affordable means of production. Feeding hungry people, promoting healthy eating, and supporting local farmers or new food businesses: Crossroads does it all.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; Takoma/Langley Crossroads

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Rolling Terrace Elementary School; Piney Branch Elementary School

  • Amount of Fresh Checks (vouchers that match the value of federal nutrition benefits spent at market on fresh fruits and vegetables) distributed since 2007 :   $340,000
  • Number of low-income families served by our Fresh Checks Program at the Crossroads Farmers Market since 2007:   9,000

Awards & Recognition

Crossroads Board Member Steve Mandel was honored with the Individual Making a Difference Award by the Nonprofit Village in 2015
Programs Manager Michelle Dudley received an Azalea Award from the Takoma Foundation in 2014
Board President Lorig Charkoudian was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2014 and received the Montgomery Serves Award for volunteer work in 2013
CCFN received Slow Food DC’s Snail of Approval Award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Crossroads Community Food Network is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About Spur Local

Each year 150+ community advocates review applicants on the basis of governance, equity, and impact. Each featured nonprofit has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. Spur Local charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $57 million for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region.

Spur Local looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to Spur Local to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

If you like Crossroads Community Food Network you might also like

This organization collaborates with