April 19, 2020

Catholic Social Services’ Northeast Family Service Center to Provide Meals to Children Impacted By the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Children and youth living in Northeast Philadelphia who are in need of healthy and nutritious meals are receiving ongoing assistance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a partnership between two agencies of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholic Social Services (CSS) and Nutritional Development Services (NDS).

The Northeast Family Service Center (NEFSC), a ministry of CSS, will serve as an NDS sponsored feeding site for children. Free meals will be distributed beginning Monday, April 20 and continue every Monday and Wednesday.

Monday, April 20, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Northeast Family Service Center
7340 Jackson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Families in need can receive up to three meals per child while supplies last and children do not need to be present in order to receive the meals. The site will feature a “grab and go” delivery system.

Throughout the region, NDS has partnered with more than 45 sites to ensure children have access to nutritious meals at no cost. All breakfast and lunch options provide students with their daily requirement for calories and key growth nutrients. Each site features a “grab and go” delivery system respecting and following all directives and guidelines provided by government and health department officials.  Funding for these meals is from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Information on NDS’ feeding sites for children including days, locations, and hours of operation can be found by visiting a dedicated link on the NDS website at http://nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org/covid19/#feedingsites. The page will be updated regularly with information about additional feeding sites as they become available.

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Editor’s Note: For forty-six years, NDS’ mission has been to serve children and those in need with healthy food. NDS accomplishes its mission in two distinct ways: by administering the federally-funded child nutrition programs and through the privately supported Community Food Program. For more information about Nutritional Development Services (NDS), please visit http://nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org/. NDS is an equal opportunity service provider.

Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers community-based and residential programs and services to support men, women and children in need as an expression of the charitable works of our local Church throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. To learn more about CSS programs that serve a wide variety of human needs, please visit  http://cssphiladelphia.org/.