Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a City of Baltimore, Maryland resident? Do you want to know more about the Clean Drain Campaign? You have come to the right place. 

What is the Clean Drain Campaign?

The Clean Drain Campaign is designed to raise the awareness of Baltimore residents about proper disposal practices for cooking fats, oils, grease, and wet wipes. Proper disposal of these items can reduce the clogs that lead to sewage backups in our basement and streets, and pollution in our waterways. 

This innovative campaign will reward residents who pledge to properly use their plumbing systems by giving them a chance to direct food and money to the local food pantry of their choice. Residents can help the hungry and take care of their pipes at the same time!

Who is organizing the Clean Drain Campaign, and why?
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works Department is hosting the Clean Drain Campaign as part of its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. The Public Works department maintains the sewer system. Everyday, we see how improper disposal of fats, oils, grease, and wipes causes the sewer system to overflow into our streams. 

We know that many Baltimore residents experience clogged drains and basement backups for the same reason. 

The Clean Drain Campaign is a way to reward residents who pledge to properly use their plumbing systems by giving them a chance to direct food and money to the local food pantry of their choice. People can help community members and take care of the environment at the same time.

Who is supporting the effort?

The City is grateful for the support of many local sponsors who have contributed food and/or money donations for participating food pantries.

The City is also a partner on a grant received from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support this effort. Ridge to Reefs, Lori Lilly Environmental Solutions, and Water Words That Work, LLC are providing technical support. 

How does my food bank or pantry participate?

Any food pantry that distributes free or subsidized groceries to Baltimore residents is eligible to participate. You must register by February 17th to appear in the list of eligible recipients. To register, click here.

Who is eligible to take the pledge and assign it to food pantry?

Any City of Baltimore resident aged 18 and over, may take the pledge and assign to any participating food pantry. 

What are the prizes for food pantries?

The sponsor will distribute $6,000 in cash donations to participating food pantries, divided proportionately based on the number of pledges that Baltimore residents assign to each pantry. The pantry with the most assigned pledges will also receive a $75 credit they can use to purchase items from Mom’s Organic Markets.

What are the prizes for individuals?

There are no prizes for individuals. Residents who take the pledge can assign their pledge to a participating food pantry to help them earn food or money donations for their organization.