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There are 20 sites throughout Philadelphia where families can get a five-day supply of produce, dry and canned goods. This is in addition to the free meals the city and school district have already been giving students. The city has a map of food distribution sites online.
There was a long line of people outside Crest Auto on Lancaster Ave. One by one, each walked up to the big garage door and picked up one cardboard box.
"We’ve been working around the clock to make sure that we’re getting these boxes put together and getting them out to the communities," said George Matysik, executive director of the Share Food program, which is working with fellow nonprofit Philabundance and the city, to run the pick-up sites.
"We have a lot of people who have become unemployed for the last three or four weeks, so we know we need to serve anybody that comes to us and says they need food assistance," he said.And this particular location, Gregory Allen with the Overbrook West Neighbors CDC, helped organize, knowing it was risky to even be there."There’s a little bit of fear that goes into being here, trying to help people," he said. "But that fear is a motivator for us, knowing that we’re gonna be helping our neighbors."
The city’s Managing Director Brian Abernathy, in a live interview on KYW Monday morning, said no ID or proof of income is needed, and each household gets a full box.
"A little bit of produce. Some dry goods, some canned goods. Enough food to last for three meals for five days for a family," he said.
"It's about how do we provide for the least fortunate who are struggling, given the economic distress that this virus has caused, and how can we as a city give back and make sure folks have their essentials."
City officials plan to announce additional food distribution sites this week.