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.
Apr 7, 2015

Helping Students Start with Breakfast in School

Too many students in Pennsylvania schools are missing the most important meal of the day. A recent Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) report found that just 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school are also eating breakfast, ranking Pennsylvania 41st, nationwide. This not only affects a child's health, but also has been shown to have a negative impact on school performance.

In an effort to increase school breakfast participation, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, along with other agencies statewide, has once again launched the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge. The inaugural Challenge in 2014 saw more than 1,100 schools take part, with Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia earning first place. Feltonville's breakfast participation increased from 29 percent to 77 percent in one year's time.

We believe that even more schools can begin to offer breakfast to students across the state thanks to the second School Breakfast Challenge, which will begin in the fall of 2015. Thanks to supporters like you, students throughout the state will have access to nutritious breakfast to help them perform well in the classroom.

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Jan 7, 2015

More than 4,000 Philadelphia Children Connected to Summer Meals

The results are in! We published our 2014 Summer Meals Hotline Report and we are thrilled to announce that through our hotline, we connected 4,523 children in Philadelphia to summer meal locations. 

Thanks to your support, we were once again able to operate our summer meals hotline and it proved even more popular this year. The total number of children connected to summer meals through the hotline in 2014 showed a 31 percent increase over 2013. While we advertised the hotline in many ways (robocalls, media, fliers), the most effective referral source was simply by word of mouth.

Many low income families struggle to provide meals once school lets out. Summer meals allows for no child to go hungry during the warmer months. According to Mayor Michael Nutter's office, 4,088,515 free meals were served to area youth over the summer. We will continue to staff our hotline for as long as needed to ensure that all children have the food they need to lead healthy lives.

Thank you for your role in helping to make last summer great for children in the Philadelphia area! 

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Oct 7, 2014

All Children in Philly Now Eat Free in School

On any given day, many people choose to skip a meal to save money or time. For millions of children across the country, however, there is no choice to make…because there is no food to eat.

Thanks to supporters like you, thousands of children in Philadelphia were able to receive free meals this summer at over 1,000 sites throughout the city. Our Philly Summer Meals Hotline and text messaging service proved wildly successful in connecting families to the nearest site to receive free meals. While the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger was able to help these families with children over the summer, we are happy to report that children in Pennsylvania will continue to receive free meals now that school has begun.


The Community Eligibility Provision went into effect this year and it allows schools to offer free or reduced cost meals to every student, regardless of the financial status of the student’s family. Prior to this year, a student had to qualify in order to receive a meal. This is a huge win for hunger fighters like you everywhere and its impact is especially felt in large school districts such as Philadelphia. According to early data collected by the state Department of Education, this new program will feed about 300,000 Pennsylvania students this year. About one third of these students come from families that would not have otherwise qualified for a free lunch.

As you can see in the video here, hungry students are a real concern for teachers. Thanks to you, we were able to keep students nourished with healthy food over the summer, and now that will extend throughout the year thanks to the new Community Eligibility Provision.

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