The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“My husband and I are overweight due to unhealthy food. His cholesterol’s high, but it’s hard to buy healthy food. Unhealthy food is less expensive but I feel like in the long run it will cause more medical problems, which in turn will cause expensive bills from health providers. We make too much to get free lunch for our children. Sometimes it can be a struggle to make sure the older children are eating healthy. I’m thankful to Baltimore City Schools for providing free breakfast to our children.”

Public Education

All school-aged children living in the city of Philadelphia are required to attend public schools if they are not enrolled in private/charter schools.  The School District of Philadelphia faces the same challenges that many other public schools in urban centers struggle against – large class sizes, under-funding, and the co-occurring low student performance and violence.

Current Issue

Philadelphia's students and parents must brace for yet another transition in school leadership, with Superintendent Arlene Ackerman being forced out in August and several members for the School Reform Commission resigning in September 2011.


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