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.
Feb 15, 2017

New Website!

Since our last report, we have launched a brand new, mobile-responsive website designed to fight hunger!

When we examined our old website's analytics, we saw that the most visited pages were our Food Pantry Map and our Food Resources page, therefore we wanted to be sure that the new design would improve the user experience not just for those looking for information about us, but for those looking for food assistance.

You will notice at the top of the new homepage is our SNAP Hotline number. When the site is viewed on a mobile device, the number can be tapped and a call will be immediately connected to our office. From there we can help people apply for SNAP benefits or connect them directly to a food pantry in their neighborhood.

In addition, there is now a search bar prominently featured on the homepage that allows the user to find their nearest food pantry. Once an address or zip code is entered, the map will sort the results to show the nearest emergency food provider to their search. The search can also be filtered by day of the week to help people get the food they need quickly. Each emergency food provider on the map has updated contact information as well, which allows a user to reach out to them directly.

We are excited by the opportunities the new website allows. And following the launch, we have seen an increase in traffic to the overall site, and specifically to the map page compared to the same time period from November 2015-January 2016.

We encourage you to take a minute to explore the new and improved hungercoalition.org, and head over to our Volunteer Page to find ways to get involved!

As always, thank you for you continued support in the fight against hunger. Your dedicated commitment allows us to work toward immediate, short-term and long-term relief for our friends, neighbors, children and seniors who face hunger on a daily basis.

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Oct 20, 2016

Healthy Food for ALL

Coalition staff at Carversville Farm Foundation
Coalition staff at Carversville Farm Foundation

One of our main goals is to ensure all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. You already know about the work of our Green Light Pantries, which offer only healthy options to their clients. However, we are continually exploring ways to get healthier food to more pantries. 

Last week, we spent the morning at Carversville Farm Foundation in Bucks County. Staff harvested beets, carrots and collard greens on a beautiful day and the haul was delivered to food pantries in the region. Farm-to- table at its finest!

In addition, at the beginning of the summer, we again partnered with the Philadelphia Eagles and ACME Markets for an in-store food drive. The result? Nearly 100,000 pounds of healthy food made its way to countless food pantries across the region! 

We owe a great thanks to our partners ACME, the Eagles, and Carversville Farm Foundation for helping us to expand access to healthy food for our neighbors.

But we are even more grateful to our supporters. Thanks to YOUR commitment to the fight against hunger, we continue to make strides towards ALL people having the food they need to lead HEALTHY lives!

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Jul 19, 2016

Celebrating Those Who Fight Hunger on Front Lines

On Tuesday, July 12, we held our annual Walk Against Hunger Celebration! Each year, we use this day as a chance to celebrate the men and women who serve as food pantry and soup kitchen coordinators, and also to distribute checks to teams that raised money during the Thomas' Walk Against Hunger.

More than 100 emergency food providers took part in the luncheon and it was our pleasure to serve the meal to so many who dedicate their lives to serving others. In addition to the check distribution, there was also a Cook-Off, and guests were invited to bring a dish to be judged. 

The competition was fierce across five categories: salad, main course, side dish, dessert, and healthy food. The dishes were judged by our guest chef, Delilah, and winners were announced and recognized. It was great to see some new faces as well as some excellent cooks who seem to be in the winner's circle every year!

The food pantries and soup kitchens (not including large agencies, and sponsors) raised more than $138,000 combined through this year's Thomas' Walk Against Hunger! Those funds go directly to their individual programs.

Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to continue to be a valuable resource for the more than 100 pantries and soup kitchens that we work closely with. These programs offer incredible services to those in Philadelphia who face food insecurity on a daily basis and we value the opportunity to work with them to ensure all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. 

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