Many holiday traditions are celebrated with gatherings that include food. Yet, over 200,000 of our Philadelphia neighbors struggle to provide food for their household. You can help make their holidays special, and help end hunger in Philadelphia.

Our city has a robust network of food pantries along with free food and meal sites; many of which need volunteers — at the holidays and throughout the year. They rely on both monetary and food donations to help sustain Philadelphians who need food.

If you’re looking for ways to help your neighbors the holiday season, consider these options:

Together, we can make sure every household has food for the holidays–and access to food all year long.

Check out these upcoming food distribution volunteer opportunities. To sign up or for more information, please contact the site coordinator.


Zip Code Site Name Location  & Times Site Coordinator & Details
19129 Clara Barton School 4600 Rose Hill St.

Monday, December 20, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Lara Akerman, 610-864-9634

Distribute 300 Philabundance produce boxes to school families.

Sign up for volunteer opportunity here.

19120 Iglesia Cristiana Avivamiento 5500 Tabor Ave.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Claudia Londono, 215-219-2892

Outdoors. Sort, pack, and deliver food to cars. Contact site for more details about volunteer shifts.

19120 Katie’s Cupboard 4860 N. Howard St.

Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

First Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (heavy lifting)

Rachel Davis, 267-475-6966

Outdoors. Please dress for the weather, with gloves and a mask. Tasks include moving and stacking cases of food, packing and distributing bags of food.

19129 Share Food Program 2901 W. Hunting Park Ave.

Saturday, December 18th

See volunteer details and sign up at the links below:

Home Delivery Drivers (goal: 50 drivers)

Share Callers

19140 The Center for Returning Citizens 3933 Germantown Ave.

Mondays-Thursdays: indoor shifts (1 person per shift), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Fridays: outdoor shifts (2-4 people per shift), 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (heavy lifting) or 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jondhi Harrell, 215-791-0645

Some shifts require heavy lifting. Warm clothes required for outdoor shifts.

19142 Revelation Philadelphia Ministry, Inc. 7047 Buist Ave.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pastor Gray, 267-901-5293

19143 Hickman Temple Day Care


5001 Baltimore Ave.

First and third Mondays of the month, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Arlene Roberts, 267-815-5684

Outdoors, please wear warm clothing. Heavy lifting required.

19144 Creative Performing Arts of Philadelphia 4945 Rubicam St.

First and third Mondays of the month, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursdays, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Minister Dukes-El, 215-626-1314

Food Distribution. Some shifts require heavy lifting and unloading.

19146 Mount Hebron Baptist Church 1419 Wharton St.

Monday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. –1 p.m.

Barnita Huzzy, 267-441-6680

Outdoors. Heavy lifting required.

19148 SEAMAAC Various times available at multiple locations. See sign up link for details. Sign up for volunteer opportunities here
19149 Feast of Justice 3101 Tyson Ave.

Various times available. See sign up link for details.

Sign up for volunteer opportunities here
19149 OCCCDA 900 E. Howell St. Building B

December 15 and 22: indoor food preparation; and distribution set-up that requires heaving lifting.

December 16: outdoor food distribution

December 23: outdoor food distribution at 6500 Castor Ave., M&T Bank parking lot

Nancy Melendez, 267-388-0757

19153 St. Paul AME Church 8398 Lindbergh Blvd.

Fridays, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Joyce Jones, 267-593-9831

Requires heavy lifting and trash pick-up.