Food Cupboard

My dear siblings in Christ,

As many of you know, at the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic we made the painful decision to close the food cupboard. We had hoped to be able to reopen it quickly, but that has not been possible and, sadly, continues not to be possible.

Our space simply does not allow us to receive, unload, organize, and distribute food in a way that protects our guests, volunteers, and staff from close contact and thus possible exposure to COVID 19.

Dawn, our mobile food cupboard manager, has been personally picking up food at Philabundance and, on behalf of St. Peter’s, delivering it to St. Gabriel’s in North East Philly and she will continue to do so. Obviously, there are still many hungry people in Philadelphia, more so than ever, and we want to be part of feeding our neighbors. To that end, we are financially supporting two ministries: Grace Cafe and Sharing Love.

Grace Cafe is a ministry of Arch Street United Methodist Church It serves a restaurant style meal to 150-200 Philadelphians every Sunday evening. Sharing Love is a new joint project of the Sunday Love Project and Sharing Excess. Sharing Love gives grocery boxes and meals to Philadelphians from its 514 South Street location. Both Grace and Sharing Love need financial support (which St. Peter’s is providing and you can too!) and volunteers. If you are not at high risk for COVID 19 and would like to volunteer I encourage you to contact whichever of the two organizations you would like to work for and go for it. 

I, Sarah, Ben Bookman, and all the Food Cupboard volunteers look forward to the day we can safely resume operations. Until then, please consider supporting Sharing Love and/or Grace Cafe. And know that your Food Cupboard dollars are supporting each of these ministries.



In 1987, someone knocked on the doors of St. Peter’s Church and asked for food. This simple question sparked the creation of the St. Peter’s Food Cupboard, which now serves an average of 180 families each week.

We believe that no one should go hungry, and we make food available at no cost. The Food Cupboard (located at 313 Pine Street) is managed by more than 100 volunteers from the church, neighborhood, and community. Individuals as well as groups from universities, youth groups, and schools are welcome.

If you are a group of more than 5 people, or if you’d like more information about the Food Cupboard, please contact the Food Cupboard Manager Ben Bookman at

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Sign up to volunteer Thursday afternoons: On Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m., volunteers are needed to unpack, sort, organize, and store pallets of food we receive from Philabundance.
  • Sign up to volunteer Saturday mornings: On Saturdays, volunteers work from 7:45 a.m. till 10 a.m. They help prepare the food for our clients, and then serve food and operate the Food Cupboard. There are also volunteer opportunities for Mandarin and Cantonese interpreters.
  • Sign up to volunteer with our Mobile Cupboard: On Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. we use a van to deliver food to under-served neighborhoods in our city, at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Feltonville. Volunteers ride to and from the distribution sites in the van.

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You will receive e-mails about once a month with news, updates, and volunteer opportunities from the St. Peter’s Food Cupboard.

The St. Peter’s Food Cupboard is always in need of donations. To arrange for a donation of food, please contact Food Cupboard Manager Ben Bookman at To make a monetary donation, click the donate button. Your donation is appreciated and will be put to great use feeding our neighbors.