PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A pop-up food pantry in North Philadelphia that provided food to hundreds this week will continue giving food throughout the summer twice a week.
Lanita from North Philadelphia was among those who made it out to the pop-up food pantry at Edward Gideon Elementary School.
“This is my first time. I actually caught it because usually I’m like in the house and I find out after the fact,” she said.
She said the food, which was donated by the Share Food Program, is very much needed, particularly in a time of unemployment due to coronavirus shutdowns.
“A lot of us are out of work, especially me, and money is really tight, honestly, and this helps a lot,” she added.
Taylor Daukaus, a volunteer with Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson’s office, said no identification is needed to receive the food.
“We have fruits and vegetables, we have frozen chicken, frozen fish and cases of water,” Daukaus added.
Community school coordinator Gregory Wright, who was there to pick up some food for neighborhood seniors, said whether you’re in need or not, everyone can be helped with a box of food.
“Even if you’re not in need, let’s support you in making your dollar stretch, trying to remove that pride thing,” Wright said.
The pop-up food pantry will be at the elementary school every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. until the end of August, and on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Wynnefield at St. Barbara’s Church.