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Philadelphia free food pantries.

Philadelphia and the southeastern Pennsylvania region is supported by dozens of emergency food pantries as well as soup kitchens. The food banks near you are located in a number of different locations, including churches, non-profit agencies, community centers, charities and more. Qualified families can receive emergency food boxes, meals, perishable or free personal hygiene items, and other support.

Many of the charitable pantries in the city and county of Philadelphia also have volunteers or case managers who are located on site. These individuals can direct individuals to a number of programs that can help them and their families out through a difficult period. For example, they will have listings of local resources such as clothing closets, thrift stores, free hygiene or cleaning supplies and financial support programs. Many case managers can also help people apply for public aid such as food stamps or free school lunches for their children. Also find a referral phone number at the bottom of this page.

So while the amount of available resources are limited, do not hesitate to call a free food pantry near you if you need some short term assistance. Centers can also often offer seasonal programs, such as providing holiday and Christmas meals or Meals on Whees food baskets to families, seniors, and the homebound.

Support is also provided by the Coalition Against Hunger in Philadelphia. This regional non-profit can provide free information on food pantries and feeding sites, including meal locations for children during the summer and seniors. However, maybe even more important, staff from the coalition help with applying for government assistance, ranging from disability to SNAP food stamps or LIHEAP. However, low income families can apply for many other services as well, and this is all offered at no cost. More on Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

 

 

 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia @ St. Ignatius of Loyola Elementary
644 N. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104
Phone: (215) 222-3626
Free food is given away every Tuesday from the Outreach Program.

Ayuda Community Center, Emergency Food Cupboard
Main address: 4400 N. Marshall Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140
Telephone: (215) 329-5777

B. M. Oakley Memorial Church
Location of food bank: 1533 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Phone: (215) 769-5777
Provides emergency food and groceries.

BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues) - Emergency Food Cupboard
Address: 1217 Spring Garden Street 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Phone: (215) 769-3561
The Emergency Food Cupboard provides food vouchers and non-perishable food items to persons infected by HIV disease. They also help minorities in the city with getting free food or groceries as well as other social services.

 

 

 

 

Bethlehem of Deliverance
Address: 2016 W. Berks Street Joshua Achievement Center, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Phone: (215) 765-2209
The charity has groceries, fresh fruits, canned meat, and more. Single moms in Philadelphia County can also apply for baby formula or other items, such as maternity clothing or diapers.

Bible Believing Church
Address: 928 W. Duncannon Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19141
Phone. Call (215) 457-3586 for hours of distribution.
The pantry may have Peanut Butter, Bread, Soup, Ensure for seniors, baby formula, and more.

Bible Way Baptist Church, Soup Kitchen
Address: 1323 N 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19131
Phone: (215) 477-0778
Offer a free hot lunch on Tuesday's at 12 noon. Families or individuals in need of baskets must contact the church in regards to availability.

Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church
Provides emergency food for qualified individuals.
Address: 1705 Point Breeze Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19145
Telephone: (215) 465-4777

Calvary Holiness Church
Address: 3419 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140
Phone: (215) 634-6431

Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church
Address of the church pantry is 1801 W. Cambria Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19132
Phone: (215) 226-1434

 

 

 

 

Catholic Social Services, Casa del Carmen
Address: 4400 N Reese St
Philadelphia, PA, 19140
Phone: (215) 329-5660
Both financial aid and basic needs (including food, clothing, and holiday meals) are served by the faith based charity.

SNAP Food Stamps, Free School Breakfast/Lunches/, WIC issue
Any low income family, immigrant, or disabled person who needs help in getting government benefits, or who may have had them cut, can get free legal aid. Attorneys fill out forms or challenge reduction in public aid. The two non-profits include Community Legal Services North Philadelphia Law Center (at 1410 West Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (718 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1535). Call 215-981-3800..

Catholic Social Services, Northeast Philadelphia
Address: 7340 Jackson St, Philadelphia, PA, 19136
Telephone: (215) 624-5920
Provides emergency food for individuals and families that are experiencing a financial crisis and who need help. the programs range from emergency food assistance to applications to WIC or Meals on Wheels. Also learn about programs such as food stamps or WIC from this center.

Catholic Social Services, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County Social Services
Address: 7340 Jackson St, Philadelphia, PA, 19136
Phone: (215) 724-8550
Main address: 6214 Grays Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19142
Phone number - (215) 724-8550

A second center, which has a food bank, is also at 1941 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
(215) 724-8550
Various social services, financial aid, rent, utility help, and more is offered in addition to food, diapers, and other items.

Catholic Social Services, Southwest Family Services Center
Address: 6214 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143
Call the center at (215) 724-8550

59th Street Baptist Church
Address is 5901 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 474-8750
Perishable or non-perishable food. Families of the 19139 or 19143 zip codes can use this pantry.

Abyssinian Baptist Church
4202 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone - (215) 324-1981
Rice, pasta, sauce, tuna, and other canned items may be offered.

Sunday Breakfast
A soup kitchen and shelter. Homeless and poor can get help. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Thanksgiving or Christmas meals too. More on Philadelphia Sunday Breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Community Development Center H.C.O.G.
Address: 1263 N. 26th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Phone: (215) 232-5863

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Address: 3006 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Primary Phone: (215) 235-6285
Provides emergency food to the homeless, needy, seniors, and working poor.

Church of New Hope and Faith
Address: 661 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Telephone: (215) 222-7672
Boxes of food for families in poverty, the underemployed, and less fortunate are available. Or inquire into surplus USDA commodities.

Church of the Advocate, Emergency Food and Formula Program
Address: 1801 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Phone: (215) 765-3874
Baby and infant formula and food and up to three days of meals/emergency food boxes are offered.

Church of the Redeemer Baptist Church
Address: 1440 S. 24th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Phone: (215) 465-1230

Philadelphia County community Action
A leading poverty fighting organization. Whether clothes, free hygiene items for work (such as razors, deodorant, etc.) or information on government food assistance, help is offered. They help the disadvantaged get help, even a free box of food, clothes, or a meal for the holiday. Continue with food assistance Philadelphia community action.

Community Association of Strawberry Mansion
Provides emergency food.
Address: 2600-2 N. Corlies Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19132
Telephone: (215) 225-0661

Congregation Beth T' fillah
Provides emergency food to those in need. Also accepting donations of food to stock the Food Cupboard.
Address: 7630 Woodbine Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19151
Primary telephone - (215) 477-4265

Corinthian Baptist Church of Germantown
Address: 6113 N. 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19138
Phone: (215) 438-1060. Call to check food availability and get eligibility requirements.

Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc.
Address: 705 N. Franklin Street #9, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Phone: (215) 627-3100
Serves as a "super cupboard". Offers classes in basic living skills as well as emergency food relief.
Immigrants may receive help, including meals and food for their culture. Spanish speakers, Hispanics, and immigrants can all get help.

Society of Saint Vincent
Many churches in Philadelphia (city and county) make up this faith based charity. They offer free food from pantries, clothing, hygiene supplies, financial aid, and other support. Everything from ensure to seniors to baby formula, milk, meat, and more is available. Continue with Philadelphia Saint Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Crossroads Community Center
Address: 2916-18 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
Phone: (215) 223-7897
Free food from the pantry is combined with case management. Or low income families, including senior citizens and those with children, can apply for Commodity Supplemental Food Program / CSFP.

Crusaders for Christ Church
Address: 1201 S. 47th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19143
Phone: (215) 387-3014
Provides emergency groceries and canned good.

Douglas Community and Outreach Center
Address: 613 S. 60th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143
Phone: (215) 432-0109
Provides the needy with referrals to local food banks and pantries in the area to assist families that do not have food to feed themselves. Referrals are provided as needed.

East Germantown Senior Volunteers
Address: 1100 E. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19138
Phone number is (215) 685-2237
Meals on Wheels and congregate food is provided. They help the elderly, senior citizens, and homebound in Philadelphia County. Volunteers also deliver frozen food and Meals as part of home delivery.

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Address: 2259 N. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
Call: (215) 235-8078 for information on meal programs.

Congreso De Latinos Unidos
216 W. Somerset St.
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Dial (215) 763-8870
Spanish speakers, immigrants (legal or illegal), and Latinos can all get help. Free or fresh food is offered, including Tacos and other cultural meals.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Address: 2800 West Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19150
Main phone is (215) 843-4140
Address: 230 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Phone: (215) 843-4140

Faith Assembly of God
Main address is 1930 Harrison Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124

 

 

 

 

First African Presbyterian Church
Address: 4159 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

The Food Trust Community Nutrition Program
Pantry address: One Penn Center, Suite 900 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Dial: (215) 575-0444
This program which is run by the non-profit helps individuals and families in the North Penn community of Pennsylvania. Clients can receive healthy foods through the emergency food system by increasing the amount of nutritionally rich as fresh foods that are available in local pantries.

Friends Neighborhood Guild, Inc.
Address: 701 N 8th St 8th and Fairmount
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
Phone: (215) 923-1544 Ext: 100
The Guild’s Food Pantry provides qualified people with twice-monthly free food distributions; household goods; baby diapers and other products are sometimes also available.

Garden of Prayer Church
Address: 2814 W. Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19121
Dial (215) 763-5400 for hours and information.

Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
Address of the church pantry is 35 W Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Phone: (215) 843-2340

Germantown SDA Church
Address: 200 E. Cliveden Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
Phone: (215) 849-6967

Golden Star Baptist Church
Address: 1635 N. 27th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Phone: (215) 769-2235

Good Samaritan Baptist Church
Food pantry address: 6148 Lansdowne Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19151
Phone: (215) 877-7537
Food, paper goods, hygiene supplies, and clothing may all be provided by the food bank. Philadelphia families can also receive a Thanksgiving or Christmas food basket.

Grace Church and the Incarnation
Address: 2645 E Venango ST, Philadelphia, PA, 19134
Phone: (215) 423-5851
Offers Christmas gifts and free food from collections and donations. The free food bank may have fresh produce, Ham, feminine products, soap, and more.

Grace Community Christian Center
Address: 25 W. Johnson Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Phone: (215) 848-2700
The charity helps regardless of religion or background.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Address: 3529 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Call (215) 222-3570 for intake

Grands As Parent's (G.A.P.'s)
Location of food bank: 2121 N. Gratz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Phone: (877) 236-5848
The emergency food cupboard provides meals, government commodities and food for the hungry in the community.

Greater Faith Church
Address: 1101 S. 27th Street, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania, 19146
Phone: (215) 747-1518

Holy Innocents Social Ministry
Address: 1337 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19124
Phone: (215) 743-2600

Inner City Missions - Clothing and Food Ministries
Address: 2439 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Phone: (215) 634-6635
Offers occasional assistance with clothing needs and basic food.

Interfaith Food Cupboard
Address: 3600 Baring Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Phone: (215) 222-7606
The non-profit may have free ry and canned goods, paper products, serve hot meals to the homeless and evicted, and offer other support.

Jewish Relief Agency
Address: 125 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 19004
Phone: (610) 660-0190
The organization currently serves over 2000 low-income Jewish families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Others can receive assistance too, regardless of religion. Food, financial support, housing, and other information and referrals are offered.

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse, Inc.
Provides free groceries ,perishable items, and food boxes to needy families and senior citizens on a regular basis. The Beacon Program also distributes holiday packages and organizes ongoing educational workshops and special events for the community.
152 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
(215) 425-7800

Loaves & Fishes Food Cupboard
Address: 328 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, 19046
Phone: (215) 886-7250

Neighborhood Action Bureau, Inc.
Address: 2565 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
Phone number of the food bank is (215) 226-0351
Boxes of groceries as well as applications to SNAP food stamps or free school lunches for students are available. Or families in poverty as well as single moms can apply for WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

New Life Presbyterian Church
The Food Cupboard at this church provides for the physical and spiritual needs of our community by sharing food, offering a time of prayer and guidance with those in need.
467 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA, 19038
(215) 576-0892

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
Address: 1253 S. 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Phone: (215) 389-2132
Food assistance resources provide an ongoing supply of groceries, usually once a month, for people whose income is not sufficient to meet their needs.

North Light Community Center and the FISH Community Food Cupboard
Address: 175 Green lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19127
Phone: (215) 483-4800
This non-profit is also known as Friends In Supplying Help.

Philabundance runs the choice-model food pantry.
Address: 601 N. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
Phone: (215) 339-0900
A second food bank is at 3616 S. Galloway St. P.O. Box 37555, Philadelphia, PA, 19148
Dial this center at (215) 339-0900
Clients only select what they need. This reduces waste. “Shop” for meat, dairy, fruits, baby formula, and more.

Philadelphia Brotherhood Rescue Mission - Community Food Pantry
Address: 401 E. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Phone: (267) 284-0405

Daily Bread At Holy Spirit United Methodist Church
1441 E. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124
(267) 235-0438
Families or individuals can use the pantry one time per month. Get filling, shelf-stable foods, nuts, canned tuna, Tomato sauce, baby formula, and more. A free soup kitchen is also on site with hygiene and cleaning supplies too like detergent, soap, razors and more.

Friendly Baptist Church
1215 W. Ruscomb St.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 760-5449

Star Of Hope Baptist Church Community Food Cupboard
7212 Keystone St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19135
Phone - (215) 332-8320
The Philadelphia County pantry serves families in poverty as well as others. Free food, toilet paper, soup, and other goods are offered.

Philadelphia Senior Center
509 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
(215) 546-5879
Home delivered meals, congregate meals, and food boxes are offered. The center can also advice people on government and public assistance programs and resources.

Positive Effect Outreach Ministry, Inc.
Address: 5815 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144

 

 

 

 

Rescue Relief For Senior Citizens
Address: 2671 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Phone: (215) 426-1977
The Senior Relief Program provides assistance and services including financial help with everyday necessities to seniors, provides advocacy to help negotiate payments on overdue bills, and connects the elderly with information and resources to meet other needs.

Resurrection Baptist Church
1610 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131
Phone: (215) 877-9614

The Rome Emmanuel Community Outreach Services
Address: 1119 W Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19133
Phone: (215) 549-3351

Salvation Army, Greater Philadelphia
A number of social services and support is offered. Programs include a food pantry and clothing closet. Other resources are free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. Additional programs include gifts from Angel Tree, and emergency financial help for bills, rent, etc. Case managers can direct children to summer meals, or help families apply for SNAP food stamps.

  • A corp center is at 5501 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19139, (215) 474-1010
  • 1340 Brown St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123, call (215) 717-1169
  • Address: 350 W Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, dial (215) 236-5544
  • Location of food bank is 3150 N Mascher St, (215) 423-9300
  • 3225 Reed St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146, (215) 465-0300
  • 4344 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19124, (215) 288-3596
  • 2601 N 11th St, main number is (215) 225-2700
  • 701 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA, 19123, (215) 787-2800
  • Address of this center 6730 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19128, main phone (215) 483-4120
  • Find more assistance programs Salvation Army Philadelphia.

Self, Inc.
Address: 6901 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19142
Phone: (215) 724-2948
Address: 1425 Arch Street 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Phone number is (215) 496-9610
Referrals are given to both charity and non-profit food distribution centers in Philadelphia County.

Southwest Community Enrichment Center
Address: 1341 S. 46th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19143
Phone: (215) 386-8250
Provides on a weekly basis, nutritious afternoon snacks to children and teens; congregate meals to men, women and teens; distribute emergency food on a daily basis; and frozen dinners to homebound seniors.

St Francis Inn
2441 Kensington Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Call (215) 423-5845
A soup kitchen and pantry is on site.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Address: 3101 Tyson Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19149
Phone: (215) 624-5505
This church center provides emergency food and meals for needy families living in Northeast Philadelphia. Provides non-perishable food items.

St. John's Memorial Baptist Church
Location of pantry - 11 E. Thompson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125
(215) 423-2221

 

 

 

 

St. Mark's Church
1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Phone: (215) 735-1416
The Food Cupboard has provided staples to families and individuals.

St. Martin de Porres Center
Food pantry address: 2340 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19132
Phone number for information - (215) 225-2127

St. Paul's Baptist Church
The Emergency Food Cupboard is located at 1000 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Phone: (215) 763-1502
Volunteers help the low income and unemployed. Emergency food, Easter meals, and case management is provided by the team.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Address: 22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118
Phone: (215) 242-2055

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
5918 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19120
Phone: (215) 424-4800
An emergency pantry is on site.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Address: 313 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Phone: (215) 925-5968

Susquehanna Neighborhood Advisory Council
Address: 1815 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19121

Tasker Older Adult Center
Address: 3101 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19145

Trinity Baptist Church
Address: 2720 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Phone: (215) 235-0419
The food bank is client choice. Get beans, vitamins, Ensure for seniors, meat, paper products, rice, and other grocery items.

Union Baptist Outreach Ministries
Address: 1910 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Phone: (215) 735-7273

United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia
Address: 2029 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148
Phone: (215) 468-6111 Ext: 28
This regional non-profit partners with other organizations to feed the hungry. Resources range from Summer Food Service Program, Brown Bags for the elderly or disabled, free groceries, and links to public aid. They help Hispanics and Latinos as well with cultural meals.

United Methodist Neighborhood Services
Address: 804 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Call (215) 236-0304 for intake

United Way Crisis Line
Free referrals to dozens of pantries, soup kitchens, summer snack feeding sites for kids, and more. Learn about churches, charities, and other social service agencies. Also financial aid, housing, vitamins, medical supplies or formula for seniors or single moms too. More on Philadelphia County United Way assistance.

Universal Companies
Address: 800 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146
Phone: (215) 732-6518
Walk-ins can receive emergency food assistance. Other programs administered include employment information, domestic violence, free legal services, and third party referrals.

Word of Deliverance Fellowship Ministries
Address: 1500 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Phone: (484) 300-4112

 

 

 

 

Zion Baptist Church
Address: 3601 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19140
Dial: (215) 223-5460

Additional free food programs in Philadelphia area

To find additional soup kitchens or free non-profit food pantries near you in Philadelphia County, call 800-319-3663. Or learn about how to apply for SNAP food stamps, WIC vouchers, USDA commodities, and other government benefits. Churches, charities, soup kitchens, and others centers in the county and the greater Delaware Valley region offer free groceries, food, and other assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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