Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance

Food Pantry

We provide both fresh and nonperishable food, as well as other grocery related items available to food insecure households. We seek to provide nutritional foods to constituents who depend on our program to supplement and sustain their households.

Through a partnership with Philabundance, with funding form ShopRite, 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 regular food distribution on Mondays and Fridays. Those in need of food should arrive by 12:30 pm for intake. Verification of address and income via the Food Pantry Application are required at initial intake and renewed annually. Please download the application below and send to Shontell at smoman@northlightcommunitycenter.org.

North Light also provides a monthly box of non-perishables. Items can include canned goods, cereals, condiments, pastas, household items, etc.

Donations to the food cupboard are needed and appreciated and can be dropped off at North Light, Monday to Friday, during regular business hours. Due to COVID-19, we ask that you call 215-483-4800 to schedule a time.

We are looking for volunteers for our food pantry!

If interested, please contact Shontell at smoman@northlightcommunitycenter.org.

Monday pickup from Target on City Avenue. All items need to be at North Light by 10:30AM. You must be able to lift at least 50lbs or have assistance. Large vehicle is preferred!
Friday pickup from Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. All food must be at North Light by 10AM.
Friday pickup from ACME on Ridge Avenue. All food must be at North Light by 11AM. You must be able to lift at least 60lbs.
Friday delivery drivers. Pick up food on Fridays from North Light and deliver to local residents for contactless drop-off. Timing is flexible, but is usually completed in the afternoon.

Utility Assistance

Our mortgage and rental assistance program is currently on hiatus. Please check back for updates.

Through multiple grants from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust and the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) through FEMA and our local chapter of the United Way, North Light provides direct assistance to individuals who need help paying their utility bills. If families need additional assistance, we can also facilitate help in accessing 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.

Thanksgiving boxes, a partnership with Villanova University, surrounding churches and neighbors, provides a full Thanksgiving dinner that includes a whole turkey, dinner rolls, potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, and a pie. To sign up to receive a box, please call North Light at 215-483-4800 by November 13, 2020.

Manayunk Meals and More, a partnership between Main Street restaurants, Journey’s Way, and North Light, provides hot meals the Sunday before Christmas to senior, disabled, and low-income homes in the Manayunk, Roxborough and surrounding communities.

To learn more about any of our emergency assistance programs or to donate, please contact Shontell at 215-483-4800 x103 or smoman@northlightcommunitycenter.org.