There are an estimated 700 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Philadelphia. Although these programs keep families from going hungry each day, they struggle to keep up with the growing number of people coming to them for help. In 2014, nearly 90% of food pantries, either ran out of food or had to provide less to those in need at some point during the year.
Our Hunger Fighters Network provides funding, training, technology and other tools to these important programs through:
- VIP (Victory in Partnership) Project: This initiative networks food pantries and soup kitchens within Philadelphia so they can coordinate resources and work together to fight hunger in their communities. Participating food pantries and soup kitchens also receive funding for food, kitchen equipment and other program essentials as well as workshops to help them improve their programs.
- Thomas' Walk Against Hunger: The Coalition's annual fundraiser brings together more than 4,000 people and raises more than $250,000 for food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey