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Resource list: Food in the time of COVID-19

March 21, 2020 Category: FeaturedLongPurpose
We’ve all gotten the COVID-19 message loud and clear: stay home, stock up on food and supplies, and avoid group activities.

But many low-income elders, individuals, and families with children don’t have the luxury of stocking up on food — they were experiencing difficulty accessing healthy food and adequate nutrition on a daily basis even before this latest crisis.

Fortunately, Philadelphia has a number of well-established programs tasked with alleviating food insecurity — across the civic and nonprofit sectors — that have stepped up their efforts to adapt to the additional needs precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve gathered them into a resource list for you, with the caveat that every list of this kind is a work-in-progress and by its nature, incomplete. At the end of the list you’ll see a button you can click to submit other efforts underway during the COVID-19 crisis.

1. Meals for students

(Photo from the City of Philadelphia website)

School District of Philadelphia schools

Open Mondays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. through noon. Families will receive six meals per student — three breakfasts and three lunches.

Baldi Middle School

8801 Verree Rd (19115)

Barry, John Elementary School

5900 Race St (19139)

Barton School

4600 Rosehill St (19120)

Bartram, John High School

2401 S 67th St (19142)

Bethune, Mary McLeod School

3301 Old York Rd (19140)

CAPA (Philadelphia H.S. for Creative and Performing Arts)

From our Partners

901 S Broad St (19147)

Clemente, Roberto Middle School

122 W Erie Ave (19140)

Comegys, Benjamin B. School

5100 Greenway Ave (19143)

Conwell, Russell Middle School

1849 E Clearfield St (19134)

Cooke, Jay Elementary School

1300 W Louden St (19141)

Cramp, William School

3449 N Mascher St (19140)

De Burgos, J. Elementary School

401 W Lehigh Ave (19133)

Decatur, Stephen School

3500 Academy Rd (19154)

Duckrey, Tanner School

1501 W Diamond St (19121)

Edison, Thomas A. High School

151 W Luzerne St (19140)

Fels, Samuel High School

5500 Langdon St (19124)

Finletter, Thomas K. School

6100 N Front St (19120)

Fitzpatrick, A. L. School

11061 Knights Rd (19154)

Frankford High School

5000 Oxford Ave (19124)

Franklin Learning Center

616 N 15th St (19130)

Franklin, Benjamin School

5737 Rising Sun Ave (19120)

Furness, Horace High School

1900 S 3rd St (19148)

Hackett, Horatio B. School

2161 E York St (19125)

Harding, Warren G. Middle School

2000 Wakeling St (19124)

Hunter, William H. School

2400 N Front St (19133)

Juniata Park Academy

801 E Hunting Park Ave (19124)

Kelly, John B. School

5116 Pulaski Ave (19144)

Kensington CAPA

1901 N Front St (19122)

King, Martin Luther High School

6100 Stenton Ave (19138)

Lawton, Henry W. School

6101 Jackson St (19135)

Lincoln, Abraham High School

3201 Ryan Ave (19136)

Loesche, William H. School

595 Tomlinson Rd (19116)

Marshall, Thurgood School

5120 N 6th St (19120)

Mayfair School

3001 Princeton Ave (19149)

Muñoz Marín, Hon Luis School

3300 N 3rd St (19140)

Northeast High School

1601 Cottman Ave (19111)

One Bright Ray Mansion

3133 Ridge Ave (19132)

Overbrook Educational Center

6722 Lansdowne Ave (19151)

Philadelphia Learning Academy‐South

4300 Westminster Ave (19104)

Rhodes Elementary School

2900 W Clearfield St (19132)

Roosevelt Elementary School

430 E Washington Ln (19144)

Roxborough High School

6498 Ridge Ave (19128)

Sayre, William L. High School

5800 Walnut St (19139)

South Philadelphia High School

2101 S Broad St (19148)

Wagner, Gen. Louis Middle School

1701 Chelten Ave (19126)

Washington, Grover Jr. Middle School

201 E Olney Ave (19120)

Webster, John H. School

3400 Frankford Ave (19134)

West Philadelphia High School

4901 Chestnut St (19139)

Ziegler, William H. School

5935 Saul St (19149)

Charter schools

These sites are open on varying days from 9 a.m. through noon. (check the school’s website for specifics).

Aspira Charter – Stetson

3200 B St (19134)

Aspira Olney Charter High

100 W Duncannon Ave (19120)

Lindley Academy Charter – Birney

900 Lindley Ave (19141)

Mariana Bracetti Academy

1840 Torresdale Ave (19124)

Mastery Charter – Cleveland

3701 N 19th St (19140)

Mastery Charter – Clymer

1201 W Rush St (19133)

Mastery Charter – Gratz High

1798 W Hunting Park Ave (19140)

Mastery Charter – Hardy Williams

5400 Warrington Ave (19143)

Mastery Charter – Harrity

5601 Christian St (19143)

Mastery Charter ‐ Lenfest Campus

35 S 4th St (19106)

Mastery Charter – Mann

5376 W Berks St (19131)

Mastery Charter – Pastorius

5650 Sprague St (19138)

Mastery Charter – Pickett

5700 Wayne Ave (19144)

Mastery Charter ‐ Shoemaker

5301 Media St (19131)

Mastery Charter – Smedley

1790 Bridge St (19124)

Mastery Charter ‐ Thomas Campus

927 Johnston St (19148)

Mastery Charter – Wister

67 E Bringhurst St (19144)

Mastery Prep Elementary Charter

1801 W Pike St (19140)

Philadelphia Montessori Charter

2227 Island Ave (19142)

Richard Allen Prep

2601 S 58th St (19143)

Universal Audenried Charter

3301 Tasker St (19145)

Universal Charter – Bluford

5720 Media St (19131)

Universal Charter – Daroff

5630 Vine St (19139)

Universal Creighton Charter

5401 Tabor Ave (19120)

Universal Vare Charter

2100 S 24th St (19145)

Also, after March 23:

The Philadelphia Housing Authority

These community center sites have “grab-and-go” meals for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Abbottsford Homes, 3226 McMichael Street (19129)
  • Bartram Village, 5404 Gibson Drive (19143)
  • John F Street Center, 1100 Poplar Street (19123)
  • Raymond Rosen Homes, 2301 W. Edgley Street (19121)
  • Westpark Apartments, 300 N. Busti Street (19104)
  • Wilson Park, 2500 Jackson Street (19145)

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

(Photo from Nutritional Development Services)

Beckett Gardens 1400-1410 N. 16th St.   Philadelphia, PA 19121 Available Monday through Friday,
11 am – 2 pm
Chester Community Charter School- Bldg. A West 2730 Bethel Rd.
Chester PA 19013
Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
Chester Community Charter School- Bldg. C East 315 E. 5th St. Chester, PA 19013 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
Chester Community Charter School-Upland 1100 Main Street Upland, PA 19015 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
Drexel Neumann Academy 1901 Potter St. Chester, PA 19013 Available Monday through Friday,
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Gesu School 1700 W. Thompson St. Philadelphia, PA 19121 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
La Salle Academy 1434 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19122 Available Monday, Wednesday Friday,
9 am – noon
Olney Christian School 425 East Roosevelt Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19120 Available Thursday & Friday,
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Philadelphia Montessori Charter 2227 Island Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19142 Available Monday through Friday,
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Sacred Heart School 205 Church Rd. Oxford, PA 19363 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
St Francis of Assisi School 601 Buttonwood St. Norristown, PA 19401 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – noon
YouthBuild Phila Charter 1231 N Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19122 Available Wednesday, 9 am – noon
CHOP- Emergency Room 3401 Civic Center Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19104 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – 9 pm

Also, as of March 23:

Treehouse Books 1430 West Susquehanna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Available Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
10 am – 12 pm
St. James United Methodist Church 199 East Tabor Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19120 Available Monday through Friday,
9 am – 12 pm

2. Food Cupboards

Catholic Social Services offers emergency food and diapers at seven CSS Family Service Centers located throughout the five-county metropolitan area. In addition, Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is continuing to support their network of food cupboards throughout the region and doubling efforts to supply CSS Family Service Centers with non-perishable items for those impacted by COVID-19.

The following nonprofits have not sent us updates on availability during the COVID-19 crisis, but they maintain website maps of food cupboards and/or emergency kitchens. Please contact the host sites listed for up-to-date information about hours of operation or any closures:

3. Farmer’s Markets

(Photo from The Food Trust website)

The Food Trust has announced it will keep its three year-round farmers markets open during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Fitler Square Farmers Market, 23rd and Pine, open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Clark Park Farmers Market, 43rd and Baltimore, open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Headhouse Farmers Market, Second and Lombard, open Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

These farmers markets accept SNAP benefits, and distribute Food Bucks fruit and vegetable coupons to SNAP customers, at each location.

Additional safety precautions that will be in place at the farmers markets include:

  • Vendor tables will be spaced out at least 6 feet from one another
  • Hand-washing stations will be placed throughout each market, and customers will be asked to wash hands upon entry
  • Only farmers will touch items for sale (customers may point at what they intend to purchase)
  • Farmers and market staff will wear gloves at all times, changing those gloves frequently, and payment and produce will be handled by different individuals when possible
  • Some farmers will offer pre-bagged produce options (e.g., a 3-pound bag of greens, root vegetables, apples and cider)
  • Market staff and volunteers will be on hand to mitigate crowd control by helping customers to form lines with space in between each person
  • Signs will be posted to remind customers about CDC recommendations and the above modifications to market operations

Online grocery delivery services

(Photo from Philly FoodWorks website)

Philly FoodWorks is both an online market and a farm share program, with pick-up and delivery options for its subscription food boxes. In addition to purchasing individual items or subscribing, food shoppers can help fund the GreensGrow SNAP share which gives SNAP recipients access to the same healthy, fresh food as is available to farm share customers.

UPDATE: Additions to the list

  • Face to Face, a human service organization located in Germantown, is distributing food packages on Mondays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 123 East Price St, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The distribution takes place in the parking lot. — submitted by Jeanne Reiche of Face to Face
  • The University City Hospitality Coalition continues to serve hot meals on our regular schedule. These meals are now packaged to-go, rather than our normal sit down meals. An updated schedule can be found on our website. Broad Street Ministry is still serving lunch as well! — submitted by Sarah Hill of University City Hospitality Coalition
  • Casa del Carmen Family Service Center (4400 North Reese Street), a ministry of CSS, will serve as an NDS sponsored feeding site for children. Free meals will be distributed beginning Monday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and continue every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Families in need can receive up to three meals per child and children do not need to be present in order to receive the meals. The site will feature a “grab and go” delivery system. — via press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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