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Community Resources

An essential piece of the Center's work is providing tools and resources to those who have experienced hunger and poverty. This includes supporting advocacy work, helping others join our projects or finding resources when in need.

Note: PDF resources updated December 2017 and reviewed for accuracy in 2019

For an online searchable resource, visit, a nationwide social support website with food, housing, health, financial, education, employment, legal and other resources searchable by zip code.

Child Care

This Childcare resource provides information on childcare subsidies, Head Start programs, day care providers, summer camps, after school programs, nursery care, and special needs services.

Child Development

The Child Development resource includes a list of the skills you can expect your child to learn by each age, as well as parenting tips to support healthy child development.


The Diaper resource provides information on where to access free diapers in each part of Philadelphia.

Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence resource includes information on emergency housing, transitional housing, long-term housing, counseling services, prevention and early intervention services and self-defense programs.


The Education resource includes information about GED classes, adult basic education and literacy, ESL/TOEFL, parenting/childhood education, art classes, college readiness, computer and technology classes, and workforce and career development.


The Employment resource includes information on job search websites, employment/training workshops, resume help, interview training, computer/internet services, and more.

Food and Nutrition

The Food and Nutrition resource guide lists information on where to find a food pantry or food bank, emergency/low cost food resources, nutrition education, and accessing food assistance benefits including SNAP (food stamps) and WIC.

If you live in Philadelphia and are looking for help, there are many great organizations to assist you. If you are in need of food, contact the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. They have a SNAP (food stamp) hotline (215.430.0556) and a map of food pantries in the Philadelphia area. You can also contact Philabundance on their Food Help Line (1.800.319.FOOD).


The Housing resource guide includes information on affordable rentals, subsidized housing and housing vouchers, supportive services, transitional housing, housing for women and children, shelters, and home modification and repairs.

Additional housing resources:

Immigration Services

The Immigration Services guide provides information on English (ESL) classes, job search assistance, employment training for immigrant professionals, legal services and information, health care, advocacy, education for integration and citizenship, and other programs for families.

Interpreter Services

The Interpreter Services guide includes information about organizations that offer in-person, phone-based, and written interpretation and translation support.

Mental Health

The Mental Health guide lists organizations that offer services for child and family mental health, inpatient mental health, substance abuse, and eating disorders, as well as assistance affording mental health care.

Oppression and Racism

For resources related to the impact of racism and oppression on hunger, poverty, and health, visit this resource page.

Pennsylvania Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The SSI Pennsylvania resource includes information about applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a supplemental income program for people over 65 as well as blind or disabled people of any age including children. It also includes information about eligibility for SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid for people already receiving SSI.

Personal Finance

The Personal Finance resource guide includes information on financial counseling, legal services, tax help, and money management and savings.

Additional resources on personal finance:

Public Benefits

  • BenePhilly - For assistance applying to SNAP (food stamps) or other public benefit programs, Philadelphia residents can call the BenePhilly hotline (1.844.848.4376) or visit a BenePhilly Center.

Quitting Smoking

The Quitting Smoking resource guide includes information about organizations that can assist with free telephone coaching, free nicotine patches/gum, free face-to-face support, text support, online community support, and quit plans.

Re-entry for the Formerly Incarcerated

The Re-Entry resource guide provides information for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families about general supportive services, parenting and family support, computer classes, job searches and resume writing, housing assistance, education, getting an ID, and financial help and benefits applications.

Senior Services

The Senior Services resource list includes information about supportive services, legal services including finance and family law, meals and food assistance, and money management and benefits assistance for older adults.

    Utility Assistance

    The Utility Assistance resource guide includes information about getting help with heat, electricity, and water bills (LIHEAP & TAP), what to do if your heat is broken, and weatherization and home improvement programs.