An essential part of our work is providing tools and resources to those who have experienced hunger and poverty. This includes supporting advocacy work, helping others to become a part of the Witnesses to Hunger community, or finding resources when in need. If you want to learn more about our work using photography for education and advocacy, check out our Witnesses to Hunger Toolkit. If you are interested in finding data about hunger and poverty in Philadelphia, please see our Philly Data available through our Children's HealthWatch project.
If you live in Philadelphia and are looking for help, there are many great organizations to assist you. If you are in need of food, contact the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. They have a SNAP (food stamp) hotline (215-430-0556) and a map of food pantries in the Philadelphia area. You can also contact Philabundance on their Food Help Line (1-800-319-FOOD). For assistance applying to SNAP (food stamps) or other public benefit programs, Philadelphia residents can call the BenePhilly hotline (1-844-848-4376) or visit a BenePhilly Center.
For help with other issues, like housing, energy assistance, and childcare, see the guides below.
For resources related to the impact of racism and oppression on hunger, poverty, and health, visit this resource page.
NOTE: To access the resources, click on the name of each document below.
The Child Development resource includes a list of the skills you can expect your child to learn by each age, as well as parenting tips to support healthy child development.
This Childcare resource provides information on childcare subsidies, Head Start programs, day care providers, summer camps, after school programs, nursery care, and special needs services.
The Diaper resource provides information on where to access free diapers in each part of Philadelphia.
The Domestic Violence resource includes information on emergency housing, transitional housing, long-term housing, counseling services, prevention and early intervention services, and self-defense programs.
The Education resource includes information about GED classes, adult basic education and literacy, ESL/TOEFL, parenting/childhood education, art classes, college readiness, computer and technology classes, and workforce and career development.
The Employment resource includes information on job search websites, employment/training workshops, resume help, interview training, computer/internet services, and more.
The Food & Nutrition resource guide lists information on where to find a food pantry or food bank, emergency/low cost food resources, nutrition education, and accessing food assistance benefits including SNAP (food stamps) and WIC.
The 10 Nutrition Tips resource lists 10 ways to model healthy eating for children.
The Housing resource guide includes information on affordable rentals, subsidized housing and housing vouchers, supportive services, transitional housing, housing for women and children, shelters, and home modification and repairs.
The Immigration Services guide provides information on English (ESL) classes, job search assistance, employment training for immigrant professionals, legal services and information, health care, advocacy, education for integration and citizenship, and other programs for families.
The Interpreter Services guide includes information about organizations that offer in-person, phone-based, and written interpretation and translation support.
The Mental Health guide lists organizations that offer services for child and family mental health, inpatient mental health, substance abuse, and eating disorders, as well as assistance affording mental health care.
The Quitting Smoking resource guide includes information about organizations that can assist with free telephone coaching, free nicotine patches/gum, free face-to-face support, text support, online community support, and quit plans.
The SSI Pennsylvania resource includes information about applying for SSI, a supplemental income program for people over 65 as well as blind or disabled people of any age including children. It also includes information about eligibility for SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid for people already receiving SSI.
The Utility Assistance resource guide includes information about getting help with heat, electricity, and water bills (LIHEAP & TAP), what to do if your heat is broken, and weatherization and home improvement programs.
The Personal Finance resource guide includes information on financial counseling, legal services, tax help, and money management and savings.
The Re-Entry resource guide provides information for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families about general supportive services, parenting and family support, computer classes, job searches and resume writing, housing assistance, education, getting an ID, and financial help and benefits applications.