Food insecurity is not new to the region, but ECS has seen a sharp increase in the number of people seeking emergency food since the great recession.
Community needs remain great, and local families increasingly look to ECS as a reliable source of food.
Our emergency shelter, St. Barnabas Mission, operates a food cupboard for residents of its Carroll Park West Philadelphia neighborhood on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. The Community Food Cupboard is stocked by donations and excess shelter supplies. Families receive bags of dry, canned, and jarred goods, but limited supplies mean that they are limited to receiving assistance monthly.
Once a month, volunteers gather at St. Barnabas Mission to assemble over 200 nutritious dinners to be frozen and 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.