Eating fruits and vegetables every day can be hard on our wallets. Fortunately, there are many programs that offer free and low-cost fresh produce throughout the city. Keep reading to learn more about these programs!
Philly Food Bucks
Over 25 farmers’ markets in Philadelphia accept SNAP (Food Stamps) and offer Philly Food Bucks. For every $5 in SNAP spent at these markets, customers receive a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon to spend on more fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the map to find farmers' markets, and look for 'Accepts Philly Food Bucks' on each green pin.
Double Dollars: Fair Food Farmstand
The Fair Food Farmstand will match your SNAP purchases up to $10 each week, with a coupon to spend on more fresh produce, poultry, and other local products. Located at Reading Terminal Market (12th & Arch Streets). www.fairfoodphilly.org
Senior Farmer’s Market Coupons (SFMNP)
The Senior’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offers $20 vouchers for low-income Philadelphians 60 and older every summer. The vouchers may be picked up at senior centers and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Vouchers may be used from mid-July to November 30th and can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, call the PCA HelpLine at 215-765-9040.
Greensgrow SNAP Box
A SNAP Box is a weekly box of 5-8 types of vegetables and fruits for a discounted price. This program is only offered in the summer. Visit www.greensgrow.org/life/snapbox or call 267-496-0148 to learn more.
SHARE Food Program
The SHARE Food Program offers packages of discounted produce, meats, and other foods. You can order items and pick up your package every month at a host site. Accepts SNAP, cash, or credit card as forms of payment. Visit the SHARE page of this website for more information.
Fresh For All
Philabundance’s Fresh For All program offers free produce every week, all year long, to anyone who needs it (weather permitting). There is no income limit. Be sure to bring bags with you.
There are two sites in Philadelphia:
Houseman Recreation Center
Summerdale and Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am
Pennsport (under 95 overpass)
Front and Tasker Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Every Friday from 1:30-2:30pm
St. Christopher's Farm to Families
Each week Farm to Families supplies North Philadelphia families with boxes of wholesome fresh produce or fruit at a reduced cost. Boxes are packed with delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables, often valued at double the price. Additional fresh items including local eggs, meat, and seafood are also offered at affordable prices. Orders are taken one week in advance and cash, credit, and SNAP benefits are all accepted for payment. Farm to Families is excited to announce our new partnership with Lancaster Farm Fresh, a local non-profit group made up of more than 90 small farmers in Lancaster, PA. Buying your produce locally, we increase the nutrients of your fruits and vegetables, which will now typically be ripened on the vine, picked by hand, and eaten within just a few days. In addition, the majority of produce will now be organically grown or certified organic, which means fewer pesticides on our food and in your body. Best of all, local food looks better, stays fresh longer and tastes great!
You register and can pick up your box at the one of these two sites in Philadelphia:
New Kensington CDC Garden Center
1825 Frankford Ave, 19125
215-427-0350 ext 110
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
3601 A St, 19140
Nelson Pavilion Lobby
There are community gardens throughout the city where you can grow, buy, or share food with neighbors. To find a garden near you, call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at 215-988-8800.
Using SNAP (Food Stamps) to Purchase Seeds
You can use your SNAP benefits to buy fruit and vegetable seeds and grow your own food at home! Buy seeds at SHARE, Greensgrow Farms, or grocery stores near you that accept SNAP as a form of payment.
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day
Good and Cheap is a free printable cookbook for people with small budgets, such as families receiving SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. It is an excellent cookbook and has been downloaded over 500,000 times. Click here to view, download, or print the cookbook online for free.