Emergency Assistance

Friends in Supply Help (FISH)

FISH provides food to up to 1,000 individuals annually, with both fresh and nonperishable food, as well as many other grocery items available to food insecure households.

Through North Light Community Center’s CHOICE model, our Community Food Cupboard provides varied nutrition to constituents who depend on our FISH program to supplement and sustain their households.

Through a partnership with ShopRite and Philabundance, North Light has access to the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank. Through the Grocers Against Hunger program, Acme (Roxborough), Target (City Line) and Whole Foods Market (Plymouth Meeting) supply a wide variety of fresh foods and grocery items twice each week. Non-perishable items are donated from food drives from over 100 distinct individuals and organizations including schools, churches, and businesses.

The food cupboard is open for food distribution on Mondays and Fridays. 

Starting October 1, 2018, those in need of food should arrive at 12:30 pm for intake.

Verification of address and income are required at initial intake and renewed periodically.

Donations to the food cupboard are needed and appreciated and can be dropped off at North Light, Monday to Friday, during business hours.

Please call Steve, 215-483-4800, x103, if you have a donation for the food cupboard or would like materials to hold a food drive of your own.

Suggested List of Grocery/Personal Items for Donations to FISH Community Food Cupboard

Breakfast Food (whole grain cereal, pancake mix, rolled oats)

Protein (canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken, ham, beans, lentils, peanut butter (if possible, natural without hydrogenated oil)

Fruits (packaged fruits or fruit juice, dried or stored in its own juice instead of high fructose corn syrup), jelly (popular flavors are grape or strawberry)

Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, beets, diced tomatoes, or other vegetables)

Whole Grains (such as brown rice, quinoa, pasta, whole grain cereal, rolled oats)

Pasta Sauce

Boxed Mashed Potatoes

Broth or Gravy

Canned or Dried Soups (low sodium)

Canned Milk (evaporated)

Condiments (salad dressing, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.)


Paper Goods (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, napkins)

Personal Hygiene Items (bath/hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, skin lotions/moisturizers)

Baby Items (disposable diapers (sizes 2-5), shampoo, powder (corn starch-not talc)

Cleaning Products (dish liquid, laundry soap, cleaning pads/sponges/scrubbies, other cleaning products)

Community Utility and Fuel Fund (CUFF)

We provide direct assistance to individuals who need help paying utility and gas
bills, and help families access additional aid from programs such as LIHEAP, the
Philadelphia Crisis Fund and the Utility Emergency Services Fund.

Holiday Assistance

We partner with individuals, businesses and other organizations to provide holiday gifts and meals to neighborhood families. We serve as an integral part of Manayunk Meals and More, a partnership between Main Street restaurants, Journey’s Way, and North Light to deliver hot meals to senior, disabled, and low-income homes in the neighborhood the Sunday before Christmas.

Support for the program is provided by Citizens Bank, the Pierce Family Foundation and Mellon Mid-Atlantic Charitable Trust.