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Food benefit programs in Philadelphia

Farmer's Market Programs

Find out about farmer’s market programs near you in Philadelphia below!

Low-cost grocery stores in Philadelphia

Free or Low-Cost Fruits and Vegetables

Find free or low-cost, fresh fruits and vegetables from places close by.

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This ranges from adults with disAbilities, families, senior citizens, & college students.

Farmer's Markets in Philadelphia

Eating fruits and vegetables every day can be hard on our wallets. Fortunately, there are many programs that offer free and low-cost fresh produce throughout Philadelphia. Keep reading to learn more about these farmer's market programs!

Farmers' Market Programs

Philly Food Bucks

Over 25 farmers’ markets in Philadelphia accept SNAP (Food Stamps) and offer Philly Food Bucks. For every $5 in SNAP spent at these markets, customers receive a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon to spend on more fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the Food Finder map to find farmers’ markets, and look for ‘Accepts Philly Food Bucks’ on each green pin.

Senior Farmers' Market Coupons (SFMNP)

The Senior’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offers $20 vouchers for low-income Philadelphians 60 and older every summer. The vouchers may be picked up at senior centers and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Vouchers may be used from June to November 30th and can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, call the PCA HelpLine at 215-765-9040 or check out their website for program requirements and other resources or find out more at benefits.gov.

Greensgrow SNAP Share

A SNAP Share is a weekly box of 5-8 types of vegetables and fruits for a discounted price. Visit greensgrow.org/local-food/snap, contact snapshare@greensgrow.org, or call 215.427.2780 ext. 2.

Free or Low-Cost Fruits and Vegetables

Share Food Programs

The Share Food Program offers packages of discounted produce, meats, and other foods. You can order items and pick up your package every month at a host site. Accepts SNAP, cash, or credit card as forms of payment. Visit the Share Food Program/affordable groceries page of this website for more information.

Fresh For All

Philabundance’s Fresh For All program offers free produce every week, all year long, to anyone who needs it (weather permitting). To receive produce, neighbors are asked for basic household information, but neighbors do not need to qualify for the program, and participation does not affect other benefits. Please bring bags or boxes to carry your food. No ID or income verification is required. There are five sites in Philadelphia:

  1. Lillian Marrero Library
        601 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133
        Every Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm*
  2. Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School
        2150 W Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia PA 19132
        Every Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm*
  3. Einstein Medical Center
        5501 Old York Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19141
        Every Thursday from 10:00am–11:00am*
  4. Salvation Army
        5830 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19120
        Every Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am*
  5. South Philadelphia (under I-95 overpass)
        Front and Tasker Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
        Every Friday from 1:30pm-2:30pm*

* Disclaimer: be sure to call ahead for actual pickup times to ensure availability.

St. Christopher's Farm to Families

Each week, Farm to Families supplies North Philadelphia families with boxes of wholesome fresh produce or fruit at a reduced cost. Boxes are packed with delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables, often valued at double the price. Additional fresh items including local eggs, meat, and seafood are also offered at affordable prices. Orders are taken one week in advance and cash, credit, and SNAP benefits are all accepted for payment. Farm to Families is excited to announce our new partnership with Lancaster Farm Fresh, a local non-profit group made up of more than 90 small farmers in Lancaster, PA. Buying your produce locally, we increase the nutrients of your fruits and vegetables, which will now typically be ripened on the vine, picked by hand, and eaten within just a few days. In addition, the majority of produce will now be organically grown or certified organic, which means fewer pesticides on our food and in your body. Best of all, local food looks better, stays fresh longer and tastes great!

You register and can pick up your box at the one of the four sites in Philadelphia:

  1. New Kensington CDC – Garden Center
        1825 Frankford Avenue,19125 (The corner of Frankford & Berks)
        Pick Up: Thursday, 4:00pm– 7:00pm*
        215.427.0350 x110
        F2F@nkcdc.org
  2. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
        3601 A Street, 19134 – Center for the Urban Child
        Pick Up: Friday, 12:00pm–3pm*
        215-910-2901
        F2F.schchildren@gmail.com
  3. Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
        850 N. 11th Street, 19123 – 1st Floor Lobby
        Pick Up: Monday, 2:00pm–6:00pm*
        215-970-1151
        farm2families@drexel.edu
  4. Temple University Hospital – Tioga Lobby
        3401 N. Broad Street, 19140
        Pick Up: Thursday, 10:00am–3:30pm*
        215-970-3182
        f2ftemple@gmail.com

* Disclaimer: be sure to call ahead for actual pickup times to ensure availability.

More Fresh Food Resources

This ranges from families with kids, along with senior citizens, college students, and adults with disAbilities. Most programs do have a certain income-level to be able to qualify.

Community Gardens

There are community gardens throughout the city where you can grow, buy, or share food with neighbors. To find a garden near you, call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) at 215-988-8800 or visit PHS’s Neighborhood Garden Trust community gardens map on GroundedInPhilly.org.

Using SNAP (Food Stamps) to Purchase Seeds

You can use your SNAP benefits to buy fruit and vegetable seeds and grow your own food at home! Buy seeds at Share Food Program, Greensgrow Farms, or grocery stores near you that accept SNAP as a form of payment.

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day

Good and Cheap is a free printable cookbook for people with small budgets, such as families receiving SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. It is an excellent cookbook and has been downloaded over 500,000 times. Click here to view, download, or print the cookbook online for free.

SNAP

Click for more about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamps.

WIC

Click for more about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

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