Community Food Cupboards: What you need to know

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to tighten its grip on the nation, I am increasingly worried about food insecurity gripping our community as well. My office has reached out to local food cupboards with whom we work frequently to inquire about their donation and distribution hours and procedures.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the food banks below and/or to my office at (215) 572-5210 or RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net if your food stores are running low. Likewise, please think of those less fortunate than yourselves and donate to a local food cupboard if your kitchen remains well stocked.

If you have information on local food cupboards not included in the list below, please reach out to my office at mgorman@pahouse.net. My staff will be updating this list frequently.

Beth Sholom Congregation Mitzvah Food Pantry
8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Distribution hours: Wednesdays.
  • Food stores are very low. Please call (215) 887-1342 for guidance on what and when to donate, and how to receive distributions.

Inter-Faith Food Cupboard at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1250 Easton Road, Roslyn PA 19001 (brick building behind Living Word Lutheran Church); (267) 318-0607

  • Donation and distribution hours: Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food is distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the last customer will be served at 12:45 p.m.
  • Monetary donations can be sent to The Interfaith Housing Alliance offices at 31 S. Spring Garden Street Ambler, 19002.  The check should be made out to the parent nonprofit Interfaith Housing Alliance, but the memo blank must specify For “Interfaith Food Cupboard” if the donor wishes their gift to be used for food cupboard operations.
  • They are in need of: brown paper grocery bags; reusable grocery bags; brown paper lunch bags; individually wrapped breakfast and lunch items such as juice boxes, oatmeal or cereal bowls; cereal/protein/granola bars; peanut butter or cheese crackers; fruit snacks; pretzels; breakfast cereals; Hamburger Helper; tuna; peanut butter and jelly; canned beans, any kind; pasta and pasta sauce; canned diced tomatoes; canned pasta, like Chef Boyardee; canned peas and carrots; canned mixed vegetables; flour; sugar; cooking oil; coffee; tea; condiments such as salad dressing, mayo and ketchup; and boxed rice side dishes.

Jenkintown Food Cupboard/Loaves and Fishes
328 Summit Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046; (215) 274-5720

  • Gloves and masks are greatly needed. Call to donate.
  • Monetary donations ONLY right now. Here are several ways to donate: 1) Make a check payable to Jenkintown Food Cupboard and send it to the address above; 2) Donate via PayPal to Jenkintownfoodcupboard@gmail.com; and 3) Donate electronically through this link.
  • Distribution times: Saturdays in April, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive-through pick-up only: Enter the driveway on Walnut St., stay in a single line and move forward until a volunteer comes to your car. Give your name to the volunteer. Inside volunteers will prepare your food bags and bring them out to your car. Please stay in your car until the volunteer has returned to the building, and then you may get out of your car and put the food in your car.
  • If you are unable to drive to the food cupboard to pick up your food, please call (215) 274-5720 to determine if you are eligible for a food delivery.

Lamott AME Church Food Cupboard
1505 West Cheltenham Ave., Elkins Park, PA 19027; (215) 782-1165

  • Donation and distribution hours are 9 to 11 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday. Please bring proof of address and picture ID if possible.
  • The Lamott AME Church Food Cupboard will welcome any item that is not expired.
  • If you have an immediate need, call Jackie Craig at (215) 432-7858. She will drop off food.

Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard
150 N. Main Street, P.O Box 367, Ambler, PA 19002 (215) 628-3002 

  • Two locations: The Ambler address above and the North Hills address, which serves only those in the 19038 Zip Code: North Hills Community Center, 212 Girard Avenue, North Hills, PA 19038.

  • Donation drop off hours for Ambler: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 2pm. Please do not enter the building – ring the doorbell and we will come out to pick up donations from your vehicle. Donation drop-off hours for North Hills: Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Distribution hours for Ambler: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Distribution hours for North Hills: Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. All families must show a photo ID and proof of household income to receive service.

  • To donate financially: 1) Contribute cash or a check made out to the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc. to the address above; 2) donate through the United Way of Southeastern PA, account #14224; 3) or donate through paypal.com, escript.com or justgive.org.

  • Donation wish list: ground coffee, teabags and juice boxes; snacks for children; macaroni and cheese; pasta sauce; soup—Progresso and/or Chunky preferred; canned chicken, tuna and salmon; gravy and broth; shelf-stable juice such as apple or orange; baked beans; boxed mashed potatoes; boxed rice; and laundry detergent.

For those in need:

If you or a family member is under isolation or quarantine, contact your local food bank to see if they have options to deliver food. If you are concerned about potential exposure, there are steps you and food banks can take to limit risk. The PA Department of Agriculture sent guidance to all food banks encouraging them to follow best practices to limit risk of exposure.