Individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and facing food insecurity can receive a free box of nutritious food on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 222 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia.

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Farmers to Families” Food Box Program, will distribute the packages. No registration or qualifications are required.


The pre-packaged food boxes, which support American farmers and families affected by the pandemic, will contain 10 pounds of nourishing produce, five pounds of meat and five pounds of dairy products. Recipients also will receive a gallon of milk.

NDS will offer a contactless drive-through distribution following all social distancing guidelines. Cars are asked to pull into the entrance of the pastoral center’s parking lot located on 17th Street and exit onto 18th street. Walk-ups will also be accommodated.

In addition, NDS will be providing free student meal boxes for children and youth who are virtual learners not receiving school meals. Each box will contain five breakfasts and five lunches along with milk.

This relief effort is especially critical for families with virtual students who cannot get to a NDS-sponsored meal site during the week.
NDS, which for 47 years has administered federally funded child nutrition programs and run the privately supported Community Food Program, aims to distribute approximately 1,152 “Farmers to Families” food boxes to those in need on Saturday.

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