Thanksgiving Basket Program

Celebrating 34 Years of Giving: Join the Coalition to Fight Hunger! 

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Or you may mail your check to:
Urban Affairs Coalition, c/o Brandon Johnson
1207 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Each year, the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) reaches out to our City’s most challenged communities and distributes Thanksgiving Baskets to needy families. Over the past 34 years, UAC has fed over 200,000 Philadelphia residents! UAC works with more than 80 community groups, churches, and elected officials in all neighborhoods to identify those most in need and provide them with Thanksgiving Baskets. Last year, the Urban Affairs Coalition and its partners provided full trimmed Thanksgiving baskets to 2,000 families; over 12,000 individuals.

 

Over the last 12 years, our partners Brown’s Shoprite and their vendors have provided all of the Thanksgiving fixings valued at $50,000 annually. However, UAC must raise $40,000 to purchase the Turkeys for the baskets. In the past, the costs of the matching funds have largely been supported by funding from the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED); however, these funds are no longer available.


 

To learn about sponsorships or other ways to give, please contact Brandon Johnson, at bjohnson2@uac.org or call 215-851-1931.

 

WHY THE NEED? POVERTY IN PHILADELPHIA  

  


UAC’s efforts to feed those in poverty during this time of year are critical as Philadelphia’s poverty rate continues to climb. Over 400,000 of Philadelphians live in poverty, giving Philadelphia the second highest poverty rate (28%) among the nation’s largest cities. Additionally, more than 470,000 Philadelphia residents are eligible for food stamps, but not all receive them. That’s 3 out of every 10 city residents! Recently, Philly.com published a story that Philadelphia has the highest deep-poverty rate among the 10 largest cities. “Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.3 percent, or around 186,000 people - 60,000 of whom are children.”

 

Link: Philly.com - An 'uncomfortable' life: Philly still America's poorest big city.   

 

 

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

Please contact Brandon Johnson at bjohnson@uac.org

  

·         Each year volunteers stuff Thanksgiving Baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite, 24th & Oregon. Basket Stuffing this year will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9AM - 12PM.

·         Volunteers can also help by distributing the baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite Parkside, 1575 N 52nd Street on Monday, November 20, 2017.

·         Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

 

 

 


2016 Thanksgiving Basket Program Major Partners ($5,000 and up)

  •  Brown’s Family Shoprite (2017 confirmed)
  •  AmeriHealth Caritas / Keystone First PA (2017 confirmed)
  •  Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown (2017 confirmed)
  •  Lindy Property Management
  •  PA Health and Wellness