Step Up to the Plate is a collaboration between Broad Street Ministry, Project HOME, Prevention Point Philadelphia and SEAMAAC to ensure access to food and medical care for Philadelphians experiencing homelessness and food insecurity during COVID-19. Step Up to the Plate worked with the City of Philadelphia to secure outdoor sites in Kensington, Center City, and South Philadelphia, allowing meal services to continue while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Additional partnerships between participating caterers and human services organizations across the city mean that Step Up to the Plate has served over 300,000 meals across the city.

Originally conceived as emergency response to an anticipated short-term need, Step Up to the Plate is now in its sixth month of operation with no abatement in current demand and potential increased need in the months ahead.

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About the Partners:


Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded community with an aspiration to create a more just world through civic engagement and social services. Meal Distribution in front of 315 S. Broad Street, Monday through Fridays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Prevention Point Philadelphia is a non-profit public health and social service organization that works to reduce the harms associated with drug use. Meal Distribution at 1829 E Clearfield Street, Monday through Fridays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Project HOME empowers individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through housing, health care, and education.

SEAMAAC supports and serves immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities as they seek to advance the condition of their lives in the United States. Meal Distribution at 2230 S. 8th Street, Monday through Fridays  11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Additional Partners:

City of Philadelphia, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Food Connect, Center City District, Muslims Serve, St. John's Hospice, and Face to Face Germantown


Catering Partners:

Catering by Design, 12th Street Catering, Tootsie's Express, Garces Group, and Peachtree Catering


Meal Donations:

Wawa and CookNSolo

Funders for this initiative include:


Connelly Foundation - Daniel B. and Florence E. Green Foundation - Haas Charitable Trust - Hummingbird Foundation - Independence Foundation - JBJ Soul Foundation - Philadelphia Health Partnership - Philadelphia Foundation - the PHL COVID-19 Fund - William Penn Foundation - Arthur Kaplan and Duane Perry - 1830 Family Foundation - Bank of America - Chappell Culpeper Family Foundation - Fitzgerald Family Foundation - Five Together Foundation - Hamilton Family Foundation - Patricia Kind Family Foundation - van Ameringen Foundation 

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Broad Street Ministry
Questions? Please contact Katherine Fritz of the Independence Foundation

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