The Coalition Against Hunger conducted their biennial Emergency Food Provider Survey of 232 programs in Greater Philadelphia this year in order to learn more about the challenges that local providers face and found that 89.7% of emergency food providers either ran out of food or had to provide less food to clients at some point in 2014. Surveyed programs cited "lack of food donations" as a major barrier to getting more food. Over 90% of the emergency food providers surveyed also wanted to increase access to healthy foods for their clients.
You can help by donating to your local food pantry. Food pantries, SHARE host sites and soup kitchens near you can be found by clicking here.
Summer Meals, a program in Philadelphia that serves free meals and snacks to kids and teens age 18 and under, has over 1,000 site locations. There are no income, ID or registration requirements. Click here to find a Summer Meals site near you.
As always, PathWays PA offers free and confidential help to families applying for SNAP benefits/food stamps. To participate in an eligibility screening for SNAP benefits and other workforce supports, you can contact Lauren Rodino at (610) 543-5022.
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