Imagine the courage it takes to pick up the phone, call a total stranger and admit that you don't have enough food to feed your family.
At our office this happens dozens of times per day, and it is what drives us. Hunger hits every zip code and chances are strong that you know someone who faces or has faced hunger, even if they have never voiced their struggle. For more than two decades we have fought hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region with one guiding principle. Hunger is preventable.
Our Mission: Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.
We fight hunger through a three-pronged approach:
1. Immediate Relief: We connect people in need to food pantries and soup kitchens in their neighborhood, often able to find an option that will provide food that very day.
2. Short-Term Relief: We help people apply and obtain SNAP (food stamp) benefits through our SNAP Hotline.
3. Long-Term Relief: We advocate on behalf of those who face food insecurity to ensure that they have a voice in shaping responsible solutions to hunger in both local and national policy recommendations.