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!
Farmers' Market 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.
Senior Farmers' 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 June to November 30th and can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, call the PCA HelpLine at 215-765-9040 or check out their website for program requirements and other resources.
Greensgrow SNAP Share
Free or Low-Cost Fruits and Vegetables
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 Food Program 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). To receive produce, neighbors are asked for basic household information, but neighbors do not need to qualify for the program, and participation does not affect other benefits. Please bring bags or boxes to carry your food. No ID or income verification is required. There are five sites in Philadelphia:
Lillian Marrero Library
601 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133
Every Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm
Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School
2150 W Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia PA 19132
Every Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm
Einstein Medical Center
5501 Old York Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19141
Every Thursday from 10:00am–11:00am
5830 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19120
Every Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am
South Philadelphia (under I-95 overpass)
Front and Tasker Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Every Friday from 1:30pm-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 the four sites in Philadelphia:
New Kensington CDC – Garden Center
1825 Frankford Avenue,19125 (The corner of Frankford & Berks)
Pick Up: Thursday, 4:00pm– 7:00pm
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
3601 A Street, 19134 – Center for the Urban Child
Pick Up: Friday, 12:00pm–3pm
Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
850 N. 11th Street, 19123 – 1st Floor Lobby
Pick Up: Monday, 2:00pm–6:00pm
Temple University Hospital – Tioga Lobby
3401 N. Broad Street, 19140
Pick Up: Thursday, 10:00am–3:30pm
More Fresh Food Resources
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 Food Program, 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.