Updated with additional information on Friday, May 1, 1:00 p.m.
Across Philadelphia, families are experiencing unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. In these uncertain times, knowing how to keep your family healthy and fed is critical. The City of Philadelphia and local hunger relief organizations are partnering across the region to ensure that residents have access to free, nutritious food options. Existing food pantries and meal sites are working hard to expand operations, while new locations are being opened to help supplement the growing need.
If you are currently seeking hunger relief, or looking for ways to supplement your family’s food supply, check out these local options and resources:
Food for your Household
Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, free food will be made available to all Philadelphians through a joint partnership with the City of Philadelphia, the Share Food Program, and Philabundance. Food sites throughout the city will provide one box of food supplies per household, with each box containing enough food to last for up to five days. No ID or proof of residency is required to obtain a box. These food sites will be open from Monday - Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visit the City of Philadelphia's website to view all current locations or please call 311 to find a location near you.
Meal sites for Students
While schools are closed, 80 student meal sites are operating across the city to provide families with children and youth with healthy food. Families will receive six meals per student- three breakfasts and three lunches per pickup. No ID or proof of residency is required to obtain these meals. School pickup sites are operational on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Visit the City of Philadelphia's website for a list of all locations and days of operation.
Meals for Seniors
Select Senior Centers across Philadelphia are also providing grab and go meals at their locations, assistance with home meal coordination, and resources for Commodities Box Access. View a list of current locations and to learn more visit the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's website or call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
Meals for Individuals with Disabilities
If you are unable to leave your home due to a disability, you can contact Liberty Resources to arrange for a free, weekly food delivery. You can email info @ libertyresources.org or call / text the organization at 215-709-9619.
If you are in need of further assistance, WhyHunger refers people in need directly to local food pantries and meal sites. Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1(800)5-HUNGRY or visit their zip code food locator on their website. You can also call 311 for additional information in the City of Philadelphia.
For all options, please make sure to check online or call the location in advance to confirm hours of operation as changes are being made frequently. All locations are dedicated to creating a safe environment for pickup, so please exercise caution and maintain all physical distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC and the City of Philadelphia.