Sep 18, 2018

Building a Movement to End Hunger

Do You Know Someone Who Is Food Insecure? Chances Are...You Do!

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life.

One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger.


  • Currently, in the United States, 41.2 million people or 12.9% struggle with food insecurity, including 28.3 million adults and 12.9 million children
  • 5.3 million of US households or 12% are estimated to be food insecure.
  • Over 1.6 million Pennsylvania residents, or 13.1%, are food insecure. 
  • There are 730,886 people in the Greater Philadelphia region, or 12.1%, are food insecure.
  • Residents of the Greater Philadelphia region make up 45.7% of all food insecure people living in Pennsylvania. 

                     Source: Feeding America, Hunger and Poverty Fact Sheet, September 2017

                     Source: Hunger-Free America, Greater Philadelphia Hunger Report 2017 

The Coalition Against Hunger works to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Founded in 1996, the Coalition was formed as an acknowledgement that the problem of wide-spread hunger would not be solved simply by providing emergency food.

Today, The Coalition works to alleviate hunger in the region by providing immediate relief with our support of food pantries and soup kitchens; short-term relief helping nearly 5,000 people annually apply for benefits; and working for long-term systemic change through our advocacy efforts.

Our goal is to alleviate hunger in the region by:

  • helping people connect to the resources they need to put food on their tables
  • strengthening the systems that people use to access those resources

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

  • The Coalition Against Hunger procures and distributes to local pantries and soup kitchens 200,000 lbs. of food that translates to 166,666 meals per year to needy children and families in Greater Philadelphia.
  • Since 1996, the Coalition Against Hunger has procured and distributed close to 500,000 lbs. of food to local pantries and soup kitchens that translates to nearly 416,666 meals to needy children and families in Greater Philadelphia.

                      Source: Coalition Against Hunger, Fiscal Year 2017


Jun 20, 2018

Helping Hungry families

School Breakfast Challenge
School Breakfast Challenge

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

Thanks to your support, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has made great strides in ensuring all families who struggle with food insecurity have the nutritious food they need to lead healthy lives. Last year, we:

  • Connected thousands of children with free summer meals in their neighborhoods through our Summer Meals Campaign.
  • Screened more than 5,000 people in our area for supplemental nutritional food assistance benefits.
  • Secured close to 200,000 pounds of donated food for local soup kitchens and pantries.
  • Led the Philadelphia School Breakfast Challenge to increase access to breakfast in the classroom by enrolling 42 schools to participate.
  • Supported more than 100 of the region's food pantries, helping to ensure they can meet the needs of their communities.

None of this work would be possible without dedicated supporters like you. Thank you for your continued commitment in this ongoing fight against hunger.

Summer Meals
Summer Meals
Mar 23, 2018

2017 SNAP Hotline Totals

Last year, The Coalition Against Hunger connected over 3,000 households with needed SNAP (food stamp) benefits. The process of applying for benefits can be complicated and confusing. Our bilingual hotline counselors support clients from screening for eligibility, through application and even beyond. Our case manager and hotline counselors work tirelessly to ensure that those who are eligible, receive the benefits they are entitled to.

With SNAP cuts threatened in recent federal budget proposals, The Coalition takes seriously our commitment to stand with our neighbors, family members and friends who use the program to help make ends meet. More than 480,000 people receive SNAP in Philadelphia alone. Simply put, it is our nation's greatest defense against hunger and helps millions of Americans put food on the table.

Important to Note:

"Screenings" refer to the amount of phone calls seeking assistance applying for SNAP. Before completing an application, we screen callers to ensure that they are qualified.

"Applications Submitted" is the number of applications for SNAP benefits that we completed last year.

"Expedited Applications" refer to clients who received benefits no later than five calendar days from the application date. To be eligible for expedited or emergency benefits, a household must meet ONE of the following:

  • The household's gross monthly income (income before taxes and deductions are taken out) is less than $150 AND the value of total liquid resources (such as money in checking and savings accounts, cash on hand, etc.) is $100 or less.
  • The household's combined monthly gross income and liquid resources are less than its monthly shelter expenses. Shelter expenses is the amount the household pays for rent, mortgage, property taxes, homeowners insurance and utilities.


Number of Family Screenings: 3,285

Number of Family Applications Submitted: 3,032

Expedited Family Applications: 1,747

Average Family Benefit Amount: $212/Month

*This total only represents our clients, or callers to our hotline. It does not include city-wide, or state-wide totals for SNAP applications.

If you or anyone you know needs food, please call our SNAP Hotline at 215-430-0556.


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