Bebashi celebrates grand opening of the new FoodFirst Pantry

The pantry will provide a grocery style, client choice experience.


Philadelphia, PA (June 7, 2021) – On Monday, June 7, Bebashi – Transition to Hope celebrated the opening of its newly renovated FoodFirst Pantry.

The pantry, part of Bebashi’s hunger relief services, provides a selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and non-perishable items. It offers clients what many pantries do not – the ability to choose the items that they want.

“As an organization, Bebashi places great importance on ensuring our clients are treated with dignity and respect,” said Diana Mc Cafferty, Food Pantry Assistant. “We believe that by giving our clients a choice, they gain a sense of control over their situation.”

To celebrate, the pantry was opened with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, and guests were invited to tour the facility.

The new pantry also boasts of using a completely digitized platform which will allow Bebashi’s pantry staff to track clients’ health data and trends in their food needs and wants and make specialized recommendations for meals based on their dietary requirements.

Individuals who are in need of food can access the pantry Monday to Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.

The organization also celebrated the opening of its Trans Necessities Closet, a safe space for persons of trans experience or gender non-conforming individuals to have free access to gender affirming clothing, accessories, and resources, for in-person appointments.

“Bebashi prides itself on being an all-inclusive, non-judgmental space and our Trans Necessities Closet is one of the programs offered to the LGBTQ+ community, which aims to be a safe space through which the voices of individuals of trans experience and gender non-conforming individuals could be amplified,” said Nafisah Houston, Director of Programs

To schedule an appointment for the Trans Necessities Closet, individuals should contact Keisha Gabbidon-Howell, Supervisor of Prevention Education and Trans Necessities Closet Coordinator, by emailing, or call 215-769-3561 ext. 131.

To learn more about Bebashi’s hunger relief services and programs for the LGBTQ+ community, visit or call 215-769-3561.

View photos from the celebration here.

Media Contact:

Jude-Anne Spencer-Phillip
Communications Specialist
Bebashi – Transition to Hope
Phone:  (215) 769-3561 ext. 159

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