Getting healthy, affordable food can be harder as you grow older. Here, you will find information about resources in Philadelphia that can help stretch your dollar to make sure you have the food you need.
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If you struggle with cooking or shopping, PCA and other local organizations can deliver meals to your home. The information below can help you find the service that is right for you.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA): 215-765-9040
Service areas: City-wide
If you are eligible for other PCA services, you may qualify for home delivered meals. The assessment worker who conducts your care assessment will determine if you are eligible.
Service areas: City-wide & surrounding counties
Serves all ages. MANNA provides a frozen meal service for people with serious medical conditions with nutritional concerns.
Aid for Friends: 215-464-2224
Service areas: City-wide
Clients must be homebound and isolated to be eligible.
Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels: 215-233-5555
Service areas: Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, parts of Springfield Township
Cost: $8/day, $40/week
Some financial assistance available.
Klein JCC’s Home-Delivered Meals: 215-698-7300, x 110
Service areas: Northeast Philadelphia, Center City, South Philadelphia, Eastern Montgomery County, Lower Bucks County
Cost: Cook for a Friend: $2/meal contribution. Catered: $5/meal
Some financial assistance available.
Homelink’s Meals on Wheels: 267-682-1026
Service areas: specific zip codes in Northwest, South, West, and North Philadelphia
SNAP (food stamp) benefits are accepted and other financial assistance may be available.
21st Ward Meals on Wheels: 215-482-0249
Service Areas: Roxborough, Manayunk, Wissahickon, Andura
Cost: Weekdays. $6/day, $30/week
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the most important ways to stay healthy as you age. The following programs can help you save money on fresh produce.
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Seniors living in Philadelphia who meet the income guidelines can receive $20 worth of produce by picking up vouchers at senior centers in July. For more information on where to pick up vouchers, call the PCA Helpline: 215-765-9040. To find farmers’ markets that accept the vouchers, visit the map section of this website.
Philly Food Bucks
For every $5 spent using an ACCESS card, customers receive a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon for fresh fruits and vegetables. To find a farmers’ market near you where you can use these coupons and get more, visit the map section of this website.
Discounted Groceries: SHARE
SHARE Food Program is a nonprofit organization that distributes discounted groceries to Philadelphians who show proof of community service. The program offers packages of discounted produce, meats, and other foods. You can order menu items and pick up your package monthly at a host site, which includes a some senior centers. To find a host site, visit the map section of this website or call SHARE at 215-223-2220.
Iovine Brothers Produce Market
This market offers a 10% discount to senior citizens. It is located in the southeast corner of Reading Terminal Market, near the corner of 11th & Filbert Street.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides free monthly boxes for limited-income adults 60 & older. To find a site near you, call the Philabundance Food Help Line: 1-800-319-FOOD (3663).
Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) delivers boxes of free, Kosher, non-perishable food and produce once a month throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties regardless of age or religious affiliation. For locations, call 610-660-0190, or 215-281-7572.
Food pantries across the city offer free boxes of non-perishable food. To find a pantry, visit the map section of this website or call the Coalition Against Hunger at 215-430-0556.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps people pay for groceries. People enrolled in SNAP receive a card that works like a debit card. Eligibility depends on income, expenses, assets, and household size. Visit the SNAP page of this website to learn more.
Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services is now offering an Elderly Simplified Application Process. Households who meet income guidelines, and whose members are all seniors (age 60+) or SSI/SSD recipients, and who have no earned income (besides Social Security), can now use a 2-page SNAP application, and are required to renew just once every three years. Call 215-430-0556 for more information!
The average monthly benefit for Philadelphians age 60 and older is around $100. Seniors and individuals receiving disability (SSI/SSD) can also count their medical expenses, including co-pays, transportation to appointments, and other out-of-pocket medical costs.
Call these numbers to find out if you are eligible for SNAP and for help with the application:
SNAP Hotline: 215-430-0556
The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger can help you apply for SNAP over the phone and help resolve problems with your case.
BenePhilly is an enrollment center than can help you apply for multiple public benefits, including SNAP, over the phone.
You can also apply for SNAP in person at your County Assistance Office, or online by visiting www.compass.state.pa/us. To find your local office, call the SNAP Hotline: 215-430-0556.
Senior centers connected to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) offer free healthy lunchtime meals for seniors 60 and older. There is no income requirement. Visit the map on this website to find a senior meal site near you, or call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
SuperFresh, Fresh Grocer, ShopRite, Fine Fare, Shop n Bag, and several other grocery chains in Philadelphia offer grocery delivery services for free, a small fee, or a minimum purchase requirement. To find out if this service is available near you, call 311 or ask a cashier at your local store. Most major grocers also accept SNAP.
Visit the following websites to learn more:
Interested in learning more about food resources for seniors, including SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits? Contact the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger at 215-430-0555 to schedule a presentation for your seniors or your staff.