Fight Hunger, Promote Nutrition
Two new food pantries in Philly offer only nutritious food to families in need.
WHAT IS A GREEN LIGHT PANTRY?
Every year, nearly half a million people in Philadelphia turn to food pantries for help. In 2013, the Coalition Against Hunger launched two "Green Light Pantries," a new kind of food pantry focused on promoting healthy eating while helping families put food on the table.
Unlike most other food pantries, these Green Light Pantries provide only highly nutritious food to their clients. Pantry members also take part in monthly nutrition workshops and receive other services.
WHAT FOOD WILL BE SERVED?
Every month, clients can choose among green light foods available, including fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, low-sugar cereals, nonfat milk, and lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, eggs and beans.
Items typically found at other food pantries (mac and cheese, for instance, or canned soups that are high in sodium) will not be carried.
ARE THERE OTHER BENEFITS?
Green Light Pantry clients also receive:
- Free monthly health education workshops
- Free medical screenings
- Assistance applying for SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition programs
- Referrals to other programs that can help them afford to eat healthy
- Convenient hours for working families
WHERE ARE THE GREEN LIGHT PANTRIES?
There are currently two Green Light Pantries in Philadelphia:
- Drueding Center: Drueding Center, the first transitional housing and comprehensive support program in Philadephia, serves more than 400 homeless and formerly homeless families per year through transitional housing, case management, and a licensed child care center. Drueding Center buildings lives and renews hope by working with homeless women and their children to create two generations of self-reliant adults.
- Casa Del Carmen: Serving the North Philadelphia Latino and immigrant population with bilingual services, including case management and family support services. Casa Del Carmen's Green Light Pantry is operated separately from its existing food pantry, which serves 250 families.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
- Make a Donation: Your contribution will support our efforts to provide healthy foods and nutrition education to low-income communities in Philadelphia.
- Host a "Healthy Food Drive": If you are a business, school or organization interested in donating "Green Light" foods, contact Tanya Thampi Sen to coordinate at 215-430-0555 ext. 101, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our list of foods to make your food drive a healthy one.
IN THE NEWS
- "Hunting Park Food Pantry Focuses on Providing Fresh, Nutritional Foods to Those in Need," by Kim Glovas (KYW Newsradio)
- "A new kind of food pantry opens in Kensington," by Alfred Lubrano (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- "New Pantry Program Provides Fresh, Healthy Food To Those In Need," by Cherri Gregg (KYW Newsradio)
- "Philly's Green Light Pantry offers exclusively nutritious food," by Elle Pfeffer (WHYY Newsworks)
- "Philly Food Pantry Offers Healthy Food For Those In Need," by David Kinchen (Fox29)
- "Green Light Pantry: Greater Access to Healthy Foods and More," by Emily Kovach (Grid Philly)