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Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.

Over 470,000 Philadelphians receive SNAP, but there an estimated 180,000 people in Philadelphia who could qualify for benefits but don’t participate in the program. Since 2002, the Coalition has been operating our SNAP (food stamp) hotline, where our counselors help clients apply for SNAP over the phone and provide case management throughout the process. They can also refer them to other food resources.

For more information, contact:

Noelle Dames

215-430-0555 x108

For more information on how to apply for SNAP, please visit the SNAP section of this website, or call the Coalition’s SNAP hotline: 215-430-0556.

Interested in learning more about hunger in your community?

  • Trainings. The Coalition’s outreach team can visit your organization to conduct a training on local hunger and food insecurity statistics, food resources and programs in your community, and helping your clients apply for SNAP. The goal of the training is to help you best support your clients experiencing food insecurity.
  • Community Presentations. Our staff can also deliver presentations for your clients and community members to explain how to apply for SNAP and access other food programs in their neighborhoods.
  • Outreach Events. Are you hosting an upcoming community event? We are available to attend these events, provide materials on food resources, and conduct pre-screenings for SNAP benefits.

For information on local food policy, or to get involved:

Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC)

The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access for Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices. FPAC was established to help the City be a better partner in the local food system. FPAC membership is made up of a diverse group of individuals appointed by the Mayor, as well as a small group of ex-officio members who serve as a function of their position in City government.

This project grew out of needs identified by members of FPAC’s Anti-Hunger Subcommittee, which connects advocates to address food insecurity by educating the Philadelphia community, improving access to culturally appropriate, healthy, and affordable food, and developing policy recommendations that support systemic change. FPAC operates five other subcommittees: Food & Health, Good Food Procurement, Workforce and Economic Development, Urban Ag, and Zero Waste. Each subcommittee works on projects, reports, and guides that work towards FPAC’s mission. All of the subcommittees are open to the public, and meetings are generally held monthly.

FPAC at-large meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month from 3pm to 5pm. General meetings take place at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (100 N 20th St) and executive sessions take place at the Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Innovation Lab (1401 John F Kennedy Blvd).

All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. For those who would like to participate formally on the Council, FPAC accepts nominations year-round through

For more information, to nominate someone or yourself to FPAC, to join the mailing list, or to attend a meeting, visit You can also “like” us on Facebook.