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Hunger Relief

A Growing Problem

According to the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, nearly one in four Philadelphians live in poverty. That's double the national and state level. The Bebashi Second Helping Emergency Food Cupboard is here to help.

Additional Food Resources

In addition to the Bebashi Emergency Food Cupboard, there are an estimated 700 food pantries and soup kitchens in the Philadelphia area. We can help you find them.

The Bebashi Second Helping Emergency Food Cupboard

Bebashi Can Help

For Bebashi Clients

All Bebashi clients can access the Second Helping Emergency Food Cupboard once per month. This service is open to anyone in need. The primary goal of the hunger relief program is to address the needs of our low-income, disenfranchised consumers who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Through this program, consumers are able to receive both perishable and nonperishable food items. In addition, through a relationship with City Harvest, a group of local farmers, fresh vegetables are often available from spring to fall.

Non-Bebashi clients require a referral letter from a social worker.

To learn if you're eligible for the Bebashi Emergency Food Cupboard, please view the Food Cupboard Guidelines

Social Services

Hunger is an immediate challenge for many, and we're here to help keep people fed. However, we also understand that addressing hunger is not enough, and that helping people become more self-sufficient is key. For this reason we also provide social services to anyone participating in the Emergency Food Cupboard though our Family Assistance Navigation program.

The Family Assistance Navigation program was established as an add-on to the Second Helping Emergency Food Cupboard. This is a service available to the general public - those individuals who are not infected with HIV and not receiving case management services elsewhere. The program strives to assist consumers and their families with a multitude of basic needs, such as identifying additional resources for food, financial assistance, housing and utility provisions, medical assistance, employment searching, and much more.

The Family Assistance Navigation performs assessments on walk-in consumers and then researches programs and services based on the individual's expressed needs. Once resources have been identified, the coordinators call or schedule appointments with the consumers to discuss their findings and provide the appropriate referrals.