Feast For Friends
6001 Colgate Street

Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 921-1689

 

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm                                                                                    Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 PM                                                                                                 Sunday:  Closed                                                  

To make a donation, please click here or email jsantos@feastforfriends.org.  

To get  information about volunteering, please click here or email lynnt@feastforfriends.org. 

Thank You!


Mission and History:

Feast For Friends distributes food free of charge to impoverished and homebound individuals in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

Feast For Friends was founded in late March 2020 in response to community need for food security.  The organization received its IRS 501(c)(3) ruling in June of that same year. 


Statement of Need:

Philadelphia is the poorest large city in The United States.  According to a 2019 statement from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Nearly 400,000 Philadelphia residents—roughly 26 percent of the city’s population—lived below the poverty line in 2017. And that percentage, which is among the highest for any American city, has not changed substantially in recent years, even as the national rate has fallen.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hunger in Philadelphia.  According to Feeding America, food distribution rates have risen 50% since March 2020 among agencies doing such work.  

Description of Operations:

Each week, Feast For Friends volunteers distribute frozen homemade meals and breakfast bags with various sundries to 200 poor and elderly individuals throughout the Philadelphia area.  The meals and breakfast bags are prepared by volunteers and are delivered by volunteer drivers.  These drivers always work with the same individuals so that a supportive relationship is established between the driver and the client.  Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, Feast For Friends has not stopped serving its clients on a weekly basis.

While our mailing address is in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, our food storage is at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Lawncrest section of the city.  Each week, we serve clients in the West, North, Port Richmond, and Center City sections of Philadelphia, as well as Delaware County.  We are pleased to receive volunteer assistance from other organizations.

Key Personnel:

Feast For Friends is led by Julio Santos, who has worked in charitable food distribution before helping to found Feast For Friends.  He currently holds SafeServ certification, as does Ronald Johnson, a regular volunteer for the organization.  Both Juilo and Ronald oversee daily food preparation.  The entire six member board of directors plays an active part in the daily operations of the agency.