Thanksgiving Basket Program

Celebrating 30 Years of Giving: Join the Coalition to Fight Hunger! 

Thanksgiving Basket Program Volunetter

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Or you may mail your check to:
Urban Affairs Coalition, c/o Felicia Harris
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 1,000 needy families; providing Thanksgiving dinners to feed over 6,000 individuals each year. Over the past 30 years, UAC has fed over 90,000 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. 

Over the last 9 years, our partners Brown’s Shoprite and their vendors have provided all of the Thanksgiving fixings valued at $25,000 annually. However, UAC must raise $20,000 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 Felicia Harris, at fharris@uac.org.

 

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! 

 

 

 

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

 

Please contact Demetra Crockett at dcrockett@uac.org or 215-851-1902 to sign up to volunteer today!

 

 

 

·         Each year volunteers stuff Thanksgiving Baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite, 24th & Oregon. Basket Stuffing this year will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 9AM.

·         Volunteers can also help by distributing the baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite, 24th & Oregon on Monday, November 25, 2013.

·         Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

 

 

 


2013 Thanksgiving Basket Program Cabinet

  • Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Rev. William B. Moore, Pastor, Tenth Memorial Baptist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Vice President, Government Relations, Independence Blue Cross
  • Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon, Arch Street United Methodist Church
  • Paul Brauer, Executive Vice President and COO, Shop Rite/Brown's Super Stores
  • Grant Rawdin, Board Chair, Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition