Food insecurity is not new to the region. ECS has seen a sharp increase in the number of people seeking emergency food since the great recession. The community needs remain great, and local families are increasingly looking to ECS as a reliable source of food.
Feed Your Potential
The Feed Your Potential 365 Club is still accepting enrollees! Learn and gain tools to help you find the path to a happier and healthier you through food.
Details: Virtual. Tuesdays 6pm-7pm on Zoom. To register for this FYP365 series, click HERE.
Mission Meals & Market
ECS operates Mission Meals & Market in the Carroll Park area of West Philadelphia. Families grappling with food insecurity can shop the open choice pantry Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. This dignity base program provides a space where families can shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, dairy, non-perishables, and common household goods. Families are also welcome to participate in the nutrition-based education programs offered by our partners.
Once a week, volunteers gather at St. Barnabas Mission to assemble over 200 nutritious dinners to be distributed to frail elders in Philadelphia. Volunteers may never meet the people who enjoy their meals, but they have the satisfaction of knowing that they have provided welcome and necessary nutrition to those who cannot provide for themselves. Cook-Off came into being through the efforts of the Community Outreach Partnership and Trinity Memorial Church, and came under the auspices of ECS in January 2016. View this ECS Cook-off video here.