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.

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. Please call to let someone know you will be donating.

Housing & Utility Assistance

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 rent, mortgage, or 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.