Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.
Dec 14, 2012

Fighting Hunger Block by Block

Nicetown community volunteers
Nicetown community volunteers

If you couldn't afford enough food for your family, where would you go for help?

Every year, more than 6,000 people call our Food Assistance Hotline. Some of them saw a flyer at the unemployment office; others heard our PSAs on the radio. Some were lucky enough to have family or friends to refer them. 

But for every person who calls us, there are many more who need help but have no idea where to find it.  

That’s why we started “Fighting Hunger Block by Block.” The goal: To reach struggling families in Philadelphia’s highest-need areas by raising awareness in their communities about the help that’s available to them. 

In recent months, the Coalition Against Hunger has focused on the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia—an area where more than 1 in 3 residents live in poverty. For a family of four, that means getting by on about $23,000 a year.     

We’ve talked with Nicetown residents and community leaders at town hall meetings, resource fairs and back-to-school nights. We’ve enlisted neighborhood organizations, places of worship, schools, and businesses to join our network and educate the people they serve about resources in their community.

We even went door to door to equip as many people as possible with information on food assistance—including how to apply for SNAP (food stamps), where to find their nearest food pantries, how to enroll their kids in free school meals, and where they could buy affordable produce. 

Every community member needed to know: Help is here if you need it.

What’s more, we wanted the entire neighborhood to play a role in spreading that message, especially to those who needed it most. 

Supporters like you make it possible for us Fight Hunger Block by Block in Philadelphia. And with your help, we’ll continue to work hard to reach every person who needs help putting food on the table in every community.

Thank you, as always, for your support.       

Going door to door in Nicetown
Going door to door in Nicetown
Mother-son volunteer team in Nicetown
Mother-son volunteer team in Nicetown
Philly Eagles encourage students to fight hunger
Philly Eagles encourage students to fight hunger


Sep 13, 2012

Life after the Recession

The Coalition helps 7,000 families every year.
The Coalition helps 7,000 families every year.

As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. Census reported that nearly 1 in 6 Americans--46.2 million people--lived in poverty in 2011.

For an individual, poverty means living on just over $11,000 a year. For a family of four, that figure is less than $23,000 a year.

By now, numbers like these shouldn’t surprise us. Although the recession is over, we know it doesn’t feel that way for millions of Americans. 

That’s where supporters like you have made all the difference.

Your support helps the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger ensure families can afford the food they need while they get back on their feet. Every day, we hear from people stung by the recession—mothers who’ve been out of work for a over a year, fathers scraping by on part-time work, and retired seniors who worry about rising food prices at the grocery store.

With your support, we’ve helped people like husband and wife Don and Michelle Adams and their three teenage boys. Between Don’s job as a part-time mail sorter and Michelle’s as a restaurant cashier, the family earns less than $18,000 a year--well below the poverty threshold for a family of five.

“I realized we needed help when my oldest son came home from school one day, open the fridge, and there was hardly anything there,” Michelle says. “Instead of complaining, he just closed the refrigerator. He didn’t say a word.”

The Coalition helped Michelle’s family apply for food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Every year, we assist nearly 7,000 families in Pennsylvania, connecting them with nutrition programs, food pantries, and other services that can help them make ends meet as our nation's economy continues to improve.

And there is no way we could do it without supporters like you.

Thank you, as always, for your commitment in the fight against hunger.

Jun 8, 2012

No Kid Hungry in Philadelphia this Summer

Summer meals for kids
Summer meals for kids

For many of us growing up, summertime meant warm weather, backyard barbecues and playing outside till the sun went down.

But for thousands of low-income children in Philadelphia, summer can be full of uncertainty about where their next meal will come from.

During the regular school year, these children eat free or reduced-price meals at school. But when school is out, many of them face higher risks of hunger and malnutrition during the summer months.

In fact, only 1 in 7 Pennsylvania kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch get free summer meals. And that’s a statistic we’re working hard to change.

The Coalition Against Hunger wants to ensure no kid goes hungry in Philadelphia this summer.   

Over the next few months, we’re supporting more than 75 sites in Philadelphia that offer free summer meals to kids and teens. These sites are schools, churches, recreation centers and other organizations that will provide kids in their communities with the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer.

We’re making sure that these programs not only provide children with wholesome meals and snacks, but also education and activities that teach them about healthy eating and physical fitness.

Next week, we’ll launch a toll-free hotline and free texting service to help families find their nearest sites. And we’re talking to community leaders and organizations, so they can get the word out to their friends and neighbors.

With your help, we can keep kids from going hungry in Philadelphia.

And we will do our best to ensure that summertime for them is as happy and carefree as it was for us.

Thank you, as always, for your support.


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