Dear Friends,

As the summer months approach, and state restrictions are lifted, many people are looking forward to getting back to some semblance of normalcy as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. For our Coalition team, we know that lifted restrictions and warm weather will not help thousands of individuals, children and their families in the Philadelphia region who continue to experience hunger. 

The Coalition has been an anti-hunger leader for over two decades, building a regional movement to end hunger in southeastern Pennsylvania. Even in a pandemic, we remain steadfast in our mission to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. In these uncertain times, we need your support more than ever to help us continue this important work

The 25th Annual Race Against Hunger ends on Friday, May 28th—which is World Hunger Day. Please consider making a gift contribution and help us reach our Race donation goal. We are really close to achieving our goal and could really use your help! 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. 

Visit www.PhillyHungerRace.com to donate to the Coalition’s team fundraising page or help us to reach our Race donation goal by Making a Donation HERE.

CLICK THE PHOTO TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!

 

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).

 

Policy and Advocacy

This week we are sharing several updates on items that we’ve mentioned in past weeks.

  • On the SNAP front, we now have details about the Emergency Allotment (EA) that will be coming to Pennsylvania SNAP households as a result of the settlement of CLS’ lawsuit against USDA. Not only will all households now get at least $95 in extra SNAP during the second half of each month, but households that had been denied EAs in the past will get back payment for the EAs they missed from Sept. 2020 -March 2021. You can see all the basic information on this flyer, as well as comprehensive details in CLS’ FAQs.

  • Now onto WIC: As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, each year the Pennsylvania Department of Health evaluates its WIC plan and provides opportunity for public comment. Through our partnership with Just Harvest, we are hosting two additional webinars to help parents and guardians understand how they can submit comments to help improve PA WIC. The webinars will be the same, but we are offering them at two times to accommodate different schedules. Please spread the word! They can register by clicking on the date and time below that works better for their schedule:

Wednesday, May 19th at 3 pm – OR – Thursday, May 20th at 6:30 pm

If you can't attend but want to submit a comment, please use this simple online form. We will  compile submissions and get them into DOH. Please be sure to respond before the May 31 deadline!

  • Next, a chance to learn more about P-EBT. For now, please mark your calendars for May 26 at 7 pm, when we will co-hosting a webinar with Just Harvest. We'll talk about payment amounts for school-age kids, P-EBT for young children on SNAP,  when to expect payments, and what to do if something goes wrong. We will share a registration link for this event next week.
  • Lastly, a quick reminder that the deadline to file taxes is coming up on May 17th! This is VERY important for those who qualify for the expanded Child Tax Credit made possible by the American Rescue Plan. Please see this great flyer from Community Legal Services that covers the basics. FREE tax filing assistance is available from the Campaign for Working Families

 

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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