Many Philadelphians are in need of free food this year due to challenges caused by COVID-19. In response, the City and partners have created new food and meal sites as well as a food access map.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the regular schedule for many food and meal distributions will change during the week of November 23-27. 

Please read on for updates about schedule changes, temporary site closures, meal sites open on Thanksgiving Day, and special food sites that will be open before the holiday.


Student Meal Sites

The School District of Philadelphia will be closed for food distribution on Friday, November 27 due to the District’s holiday schedule. Students and caregivers can instead pick up student meals for the week (five breakfasts and five lunches) on Wednesday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the School District’s student meal site. Families are encouraged to confirm locations and schedules by calling 311 or visiting

All children and their caregivers are eligible. No ID is required.


Food Sites

Food sites listed on will be closed for food distribution on Thursday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Families can instead pick up food at any of the Thanksgiving food sites hosted by Philabundance and Share Food Program.

Any resident is eligible. No proof of income is required, and some sites may require ID. Call ahead for more information.


Outdoor Meal Sites

Broad Street Ministry and Thomas Paine Plaza will be closed for meal distribution on Thursday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Individuals can instead find a meal on Thursday, November 26 at the following outdoor meal sites:

  • Philadelphia Parking Authority Lot
    1829 E Clearfield St, 19134
    1PM – 3PM
  • SEAMAAC South Philly Meals
    2230 S 8th St, 19148
    11:30AM – 1PM

Any resident is eligible. No ID or proof of income is required. One meal per resident.


 Need additional food for your family?

  • Call 311 for help finding a food pantry. Make sure to call the pantry in advance to confirm their hours.
  • Call the WhyHunger hotline at 1-800-5HUNGRY to find food pantries near you, or text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to receive a list of nearby food pantries.