Emergency Assistance


Food Pantry

North Light Community Center’s food pantry provides both fresh and nonperishable food, as well as many other grocery and household items for approximately 1,000 individuals annually. Our CHOICE model (active again as of September 2020) provides a shopping experience for customers who depend on our program to supplement and sustain their households.

Hours of Operation: Mondays and Fridays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Please arrive on time because food is limited.

If you are participating for the first time, please download and fill out the application form and bring it with you.

If you are considered high risk and cannot come to North Light to pick up food, call (215) 483-4800 x103 or email Shontell to arrange for safe delivery.

A box of canned goods and shelf-stable foods are allotted once a month. If you haven’t received your allotment for the month, please download the Menu, fill it out, and either bring it with you to the food pantry or email it to Shontell to get your pre-filled box.

Our food pantry is supported by generous partnerships such as ShopRite and Philabundance, which provide us with 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.

Donations to the food cupboard are needed and appreciated and can be dropped off at North Light, Monday to Friday, during business hours. Please contact Shontell at (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. Feel free to check out our Suggested Donation List.

Rent, Mortgage & Utility Assistance (RMU)

We provide direct assistance to individuals who need help paying their rent, mortgage or utilities. We also assist families in accessing other assistance programs such as LIHEAP, the

Philadelphia Crisis Fund and the Utility Emergency Services Fund. Download the RMU Application and email it to Shontell. For questions or assistance contact Shontell at (215) 483-4800 x103.

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.