Fighting Hunger Block by Block

The Coalition partners with Northeast Philadelphia residents and organizations to ensure all community members have the food they need.


To learn more about "Block by Block,'" contact: Coordinator Noelle Dames 215-430-0555 ext. 108,


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Over the past decade, the number of people living in poverty in Northeast Philadephia has more than doubled over, due largely to the economic recession and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the region.

For many families and seniors struggling to make ends meet, paying for healthy food comes second to other necessities, including mortgage, utilities and medicine.   

To help those residents in need, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger is partnering with Northeast Philadelphia community members, local organizations and elected officials to fight hunger in their community.

The effort is part of “Fighting Hunger Block by Block,” which aims to enroll more low-income people in SNAP (food stamps) and connect them with food pantries, farmers’ markets that accept SNAP, and other programs that can help them afford nutritious food.   

“Since 2002, the Coalition has helped more than 50,000 families in the Philadelphia region apply for SNAP and nutrition programs,” said Policy Manager Julie Zaebst. “‘Block by Block’ is a collaborative, grassroots effort that invests time and resources in communities that need the most help."

Last year, the Coalition's Block by Block efforts included the Nicetown-Tioga section of North Philadelphia as well as the Haddington section of West Philadelphia.

"SNAP and other vital nutrition programs help families and seniors put food on the table every day, but there are still so many people who don't know they qualify or aren't sure where to go for help," Zaebst said."With 'Block by Block," our goal is to ensure that every community member know that help is here for anyone who needs it. Just as important, we want them to share this knowledge with their neighbors, family members, co-workers and classmates." 

On Sunday, June 9, the Coalition will hold a communitywide canvassing event to reach hundreds of residents in Northeast Philadelphia. Volunteers will work in teams and go door to door, providing residents with information on SNAP, WIC, food pantries and other resources in the community. The event is in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

“We want to make sure every person in Northeast Philadelphia knows about SNAP, where to find their nearest food pantry, and where to buy affordable produce,” Zaebst said. “With this many resources available, there’s no reason anyone should ever go hungry in this or any community.”

To get involved in "Block by Block," contact Outreach Coordinator Noelle Dames at 215-430-0555 ext. 108 or