Philadelphia expands food access as new coronavirus cases surge

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials announced Saturday they are expanding food access as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

Officials reported 169 cases of coronavirus, bringing the city's total to 806.

One new fatality was announced, a man over 100 years of age with underlying medical conditions. He was a resident of a Philadelphia nursing home which remains undisclosed.

In a press release, the city announced it would provide free food to residents affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Starting March 30, residents can pick up a box of food at a number of designated sites. Each box is packed to last five days and residents can only take one box per household. There is no requirement for identification or proof of income.

The city also announced they would expand its student meal program. 80 sites are currently open for families to pick up meals. City and school district officials plan to announce additional sites next week. A full list of food access and student meal sites can be found here.

For resources regarding COVID-19, visit or call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112. 
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