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
Note: PDF resources updated December 2017 and reviewed for accuracy in
For an online searchable resource, visit FindHelp.org, a nationwide social support website with food, housing, health, financial, education, employment, legal and other resources searchable by zip code.
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.
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
The Diaper resource provides information on where to access free diapers in
each part of Philadelphia.
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
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)
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
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
Additional housing resources:
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.
The Interpreter Services guide includes information about organizations that
offer in-person, phone-based, and written interpretation and translation
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.
The Personal Finance resource guide includes information on financial
counseling, legal services, tax help, and money management and savings.
Additional resources on personal finance:
- BenePhilly - For assistance applying to SNAP (food stamps) or other public benefit
programs, Philadelphia residents can call the
hotline (1.844.848.4376) or visit a
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
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.
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.