Dear Friends,

Time’s Running Out! The 25th Annual Race Against Hunger 5K Walk/Run is only 14 DAYS AWAY! Sign Up HERE to run or walk in the 10-day virtual event before it’s too late. The Race starts Friday, April 16th and ends Monday, April 26th. Can’t make it this year? Make a donation to the Race HERE today! Proceeds of the Race Against Hunger support the work of the Coalition as well as food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-fighting organizations in the region. For information on ways you can support this year’s Race, please visit www.phillyhungerrace.com.

 

Food Pantry and Soup Kitchens

The Race Against Hunger is not only an annual fundraiser for the Coalition Against Hunger, but also for many local food pantries and soup kitchens. Click the photographs below to view videos highlighting some of the programs that will be participating in and fundraising with the 25th Annual Race Against Hunger. If you work with a food pantry or soup kitchen that would like to participate, please contact Tanya at tsen@hungercoalition.org for more information.

Featured Teams

Featured Teams

 

Policy and Advocacy

We have wonderful news to share: Community Legal Services and its co-counsel Morgan Lewis has reached a settlement with the USDA on the lawsuit brought last year challenging its interpretation of the Families First act that authorized SNAP emergency allotments during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA’s interpretation under the prior federal administration had deprived the poorest SNAP beneficiaries of any “emergency allotments” (EAs).

Finally, more than 650,000 of the poorest Pennsylvania households are going to receive over $700 million in SNAP stemming from the lawsuit. A single person who has been receiving the maximum SNAP will get an extra $835 in SNAP because of this victory.  A family of two will get $1,533, and larger families even more. (Note, these amounts cover the period from September11, 2020, when the injunction was granted, through April 30, 2021). You can read more about the details of this prolonged fight to secure help for those who need it the most in the CLS press release and the article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.

In addition, USDA has committed to revising its emergency allotments guidance going forward. This presumably means an estimated 12 million people nationwide who have been denied EAs up to this point will be able to get extra SNAP during the pandemic. We don't know the details yet, nor do we know when DHS will be able to issue these extra benefits to Pennsylvania households. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. For now, BIG THANKS to the legal team at CLS and Morgan Lewis for their hard work to secure this victory!

Outreach

Coalition Community Educator, Katie Milholin worked with 25th Race Against Hunger sponsor Gateway Health for a virtual workshop: SNAP 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started. Click the photo below to view the video on Gateway Health Facebook page. Additional SNAP resources from DHS here.

 

Once again, Nutritional Development Services (NDS) will be hosting a FREE Farmers to Family Food Distribution Day NEXT weekend, on Saturday, April 10 from 10 am - noon, at Fatima Catholic Outreach Center, 2913 State Road, Bensalem, PA 19020 (please enter through Mechanicsville Road and exit onto Street Road).

They will have food boxes including a variety of meats, dairy, and produce, as well as student meal kits including 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches for virtual students who are not receiving school meals. All families are welcome, no ID required.

 

SNAP Hotline

Our SNAP Hotline continues to operate Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am to 4 pm at 215-430-0556.  

Here is the City of Philadelphia list of COVID-19 food distribution sites locations across Philadelphia for student, senior and outdoor food pick up sites.  

Here is a listing (phone numbers and addresses) of all Philadelphia County Assistance offices. Note, however, when calling it is often quicker to contact the Customer Service Center at 215-560-7226 (Philadelphia) or 877-395-8930 (statewide).

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?  

We strive to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Hunger is preventable. Thank you for your continued support of our work! 

The Coalition Against Hunger Team

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
123 Chestnut Street Suite 401 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
215-430-0555 | info@hungercoalition.org

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