Philadelphia gives nearly 16,000 boxes of food to people hit by coronavirus

Tim Jimenez
April 02, 2020 - 7:42 am

UPDATED: 12:51 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city answered the high demand of earlier this week and doubled the number of free food sites in Philadelphia on Thursday. 


Instead of the 4,600 boxes of food given out on Monday, the city amped that up to 16,000. Instead of 20 distribution sites, there are now 40.

Organizers at one of those sites, the Parkside Association office, by 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue near Fairmount Park, say now they’re able to help more members of the community.

Volunteers with the neighborhood group Thursday morning helped get hundreds of boxes of food off a truck and into the hands of Philadelphians hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"You have a lot of people who are still coming together, still trying to help out one another and being of good service," said Shakia Boulware, with the association.

Boulware says demand is still high, but she says they got more boxes than they did earlier in the week, and it seemed that they were able to meet the demand.

"We want to make sure that everybody is well fed and have everything that they need," she said. "We have some people in the community who did lose their jobs. It’s not that many, but some they can’t get out because they’re seniors."

Some people requested more than one box of food — for a sick or elderly neighbor, for example — but volunteers said they had to be fair.

"The request is they're trying to get something for their neighbors as well, and unfortunately we can’t have people picking up more than one box," Boulware said. "We understand that some people can't get out. We just ask they send someone additional from their house, or different."

The time frame for distribution is still 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays. City officials say no ID or proof of income is required, and the limit is one box per household.

Here is a list of all 40 sites. Check the city website for more information, including locations of student meal sites already in operation.

  • Association of Former Gang Members, 2204 N. 19th St. (19121)
  • Christ Church South Philly, 229 Moore St. (19148)
  • Christian Compassion CDC, 6150 Cedar Ave. (19143)
  • Christy Recreation Center, 728 S. 55th St. (19143)
  • Cohocksink Recreation Center, 2901 Cedar St. (19134)
  • Dare to Imagine Church, 6610 Anderson St. (19119)
  • Delaware Valley Fairness Project, 2646 Kensington Ave. (19125)
  • East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St. (19148)
  • Feast of Justice, 3101 Tyson Ave (19149)
  • Giving Heart Ministries, 6506 Elmwood Ave. (19142)
  • Hank Gathers Recreation Center, 2501 W. Diamond St. (19121)
  • Happy Hollow Recreation Center, 4800 Wayne Ave. (19144)
  • Holy Spirit UMC, 1441 E Hunting Park Ave. (19124)
  • Hunting Park Recreation Center, 1101 W. Hunting Park Ave. (19140)
  • Keep the Faith Ministries, 1906 Harrison St. (19124)
  • Miles Mack Recreation Center, 732 N. 34th St. (19104)
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 5500 Kingsessing Ave. (19143)
  • Mitzvah Food Program – KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. (19116)
  • Mizpah SDA, 4355 Paul St. (19124)
  • Murphy Recreation Center, 300 W. Shunk St. (19148)
  • Opportunity, Inc., 5900 Lansdowne Ave. (19151)
  • Palmer Recreation Center, 3035 Comly Rd. (19154)
  • Parkside Association, 1719 N. 52nd St. (19131)
  • Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave. (19152)
  • People’s Emergency Center, 3750 Lancaster Ave. (19104)
  • Philadelphia Citadel, 5830 Rising Sun Ave. (19120)
  • Philadelphia Tabernacle, 3150 North Mascher St. (19133)
  • Philadelphia Temple, 1340 Brown St. (19123)
  • Resurgence Church, 1738 West Atlantic St. (19140)
  • Richard and Friends, 1916 E. Venango St. (19134)
  • Roxborough Church, 8232 Ridge Ave. (19128)
  • Salvation Army, Philadelphia West, 5452 Arch St. (19139)
  • SEAMAAC, 1711 S. Broad St. (19148)
  • Shekinah SDA, 531 Chew Ave. (19120)
  • Triumph Baptist Church, 1648 W. Hunting Park Ave. (19140)
  • Upper Room Baptist Church, 7236 Ogontz Ave. (19138)
  • Village of Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Ave. (19133)
  • West Kensington Ministry, 2140 N Hancock St. (19122)
  • Wharton Square Playground, 2300 Wharton St. (19146)
  • Young Chances, 2703 Tasker St. (19145)

For additional help and information on food pantries, call the WhyHunger hotline 1-800-5HUNGRY or text your ZIP code to 1-800-548-6479.