Dear Friends,

Thank you for participating and supporting our work to end hunger in the Philadelphia region! The 25th Annual Race Against Hunger has officially ended; however, fundraising continues until May 28th

If you weren’t able to walk or run this year, please consider Making a Donation. Proceeds of the Race Against Hunger support the work of the Coalition as well as food pantries, soup kitchens and anti-hunger organizations in the region. Please visit www.phillyhungerrace.com to make a donation!

We hope to see you (hopefully in person!) next year to kick off the 26th year of the Race!

 

Policy and Advocacy

Federal updates: With the passage of the American Rescue Plan earlier this year, our elected officials in Washington delivered emergency aid to millions of people. This critical support is not only helping families put food on the table and pay their rent, but is boosting vaccine distribution, aiding schools, and strengthening the economy. This week, President Biden presented the anticipated American Families Plan, a comprehensive proposal to build a strong and equitable recovery.

We applaud the President’s bold plan and encourage our Congressional delegation to seize this chance to build a more equitable economy where all our families can make ends meet and food insecurity is a thing of the past. We will follow up in our weekly email next week with details on the nutrition provisions in the American Families Plan and how they can help build the foundation for economic success for all.

Back for a moment to the American Rescue Plan – in that legislation, Congress expanded the P-EBT program to operate during the summer. On Monday, the USDA announced the launch of “Summer EBT,” which is anticipated to feed more than 30 million low-income children across the country. Summer hunger has been a persistent problem even without the health and economic challenges of the pandemic. We are thrilled that the USDA continues to respond to heightened child food insecurity and will update you on the implementation of Summer EBT in Pennsylvania as details become available.  

Here in PA, we have some important updates on P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • As we noted in past weeks the most important things to know are that P-EBT for young children will be issued to young children in households that a) receive SNAP benefits, and b) who live in an area where schools have been using remote or hybrid learning models. ALL families with young children who are not enrolled in SNAP but believe they may be eligible should apply! We have added new social media graphics about this to our P-EBT toolkit in many languages, including Spanish, Albanian, Chinese, French, Khmer, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, and Vietnamese. PLEASE help us spread the word!
  • Also, an Important update on the timing of P-EBT benefits for K-12 students: DHS will start issuing P-EBT for school-age children on May 10th, and they will take 10 business days to be transferred. More than 600,000 P-EBT cards will have to be mailed in Pennsylvania. Other states will also be using the same card company, and there may be postal delays. The card maker is going to work hard to make sure all cards are created and in the mail by the end of May or first week of June, so you may not receive your card until the end of June. If you receive SNAP benefits, P-EBT should be loaded to your SNAP card by the end of May. If it does not, you may be receiving a card in the mail.

Lastly, our hotline staff continues to receive many questions from callers about the Child Tax Credit. Please see this great flyer from Community Legal Services that covers the basics, or visit the Campaign for Working Families website to learn about tax filing assistance. The deadline for filing – May 17 – is quickly approaching.

 

Food Pantry and Soup Kitchens

Our partner Nutritional Development Services (NDS) will be hosting another Farmers to Family meal distribution at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Saturday 5/1. They will be offering 7 days of breakfast and lunch meal boxes for children who are virtually learning for ages 2-18  and USDA meal boxes that have milk, meats, cheeses and vegetables. Individuals can come for just the USDA family box and families may receive both student meals and USDA box. 

 

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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