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 partnerships with Small Things and Philabundance, with funding from 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.

If you are immunocompromised, have a disability, or are a senior citizen, delivery services might be available. You must reside in 19127, 19128, 19129, or 19144. To be added to our delivery list, please contact Malachi at mwoodard@northlightcommunitycenter.org or 215-483-4800 x103.


Food is distributed at 10:30AM on Mondays and Fridays.

Verification of address and income via the Food Pantry Application are required at initial intake and renewed annually.

In addition to the food pantry, participants are eligible for a monthly box of non-perishables. Items can include canned goods, cereals, condiments, pastas, household items, etc.

If food is needed outside of normal food pantry hours, check out the community fridge located at Unity Java, 5312 Ridge Ave. The fridge is open during Unity Java’s normal operating hours.

To receive food pantry services, please complete the application(s) and return to Malachi at mwoodard@northlightcommunitycenter.org.


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


Housing and Utility Assistance Program

Housing and Utility Assistance is provided on a first come first serve basis. As of 12/14/23- funds are exhausted and we are no longer taking applications. Please check back here periodically for updates. We will post here once we have additional funding.

For more information, please contact services@northlightcommunitycenter.org.


Holiday Assistance

North Light provides several Holiday Assistance programs each year:

Thanksgiving Boxes

(a full meal to be prepared at home)

Thanks for a great 2023 program. Details for 2024 will be updated Fall 2024.


Adopt A Family

(holiday gifts for those under 18 or those with intellectual disabilities)

Details for 2024 will be updated Fall 2024.


Manayunk Meals & More

(A hot meal delivered to your door for seniors and those in need)

Details for 2024 will be updated Fall 2024.


Questions about any of our emergency assistance? Please contact our Social Supports Manager Malachi at mwoodard@northlightcommunitycenter.org