CBO Spotlight: Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services

This month, we are highlighting the food pantry program that Catholic Social Services offers at five locations throughout the Philadelphia area!

What types of services does CSS provide?
Catholic Social Services is a large multi-service organization that provides a range of free and reduced cost programs throughout Philadelphia and neighboring counties. The CSS food pantry services operate out of the five family service centers, located in Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Each of the family service centers provides the core services of parenting support and food pantries in addition to other site specific programs such as preschools, homeless services, or adoption resources. The parenting and pregnancy support services offered at each of the five locations include educational classes for expecting families, parenting resources, and access to baby items.

What participants expect from the food pantry?
All family service sites offer a variety of food items depending on the season. Participants can expect to receive nonperishable items such as dry goods and canned goods, as well as perishable items such as meats, fruits, and veggies. Each day and each service site will look different in regards to items available for individuals to receive.

What is the best way to get connected to the food pantry services?
The quickest way for individuals to receive food pantry items is to come to the pantry during open hours. You can also get connected through the Connect4Health platform. Please call the phone number of the service center if you have any questions!

What is important for participants to know about the food pantry services?
The family service centers operate their food pantries at different hours and each has varying requirements for accessing this service. Participants can usually visit the food pantry once or twice a month depending on capacity and the service site. Accessing any of the five food pantries is free of charge. None of the service sites have eligibility requirements and most do not require participants to have an ID at time of service.

See below for each family service sites hours of operation and details related to the food pantry services:

Philadelphia Family Service Centers

Casa del Carmen Family Service Center
Address: 4400 N. Reese Street Philadelphia PA 19140
Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-12pm


  • No ID required
  • Participants provide their address and household information
  • Call 267-331-2500 for further information.

Northeast Family Service Center:
Address: 7340 Jackson Street Philadelphia, PA 19136
Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-12pm


  • Photo ID needed
  • All clients are eligible once a month
  • No appointment necessary
  • Please bring own bags if possible
  • Paperwork required to be filled out by client each visit
  • Call 215-624-5920 for further information.

Southwest Family Service Center
Address: 6214 Grays Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19142
Food Pantry Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm


  • No ID required
  • On Fridays we give away fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Our Diaper bank is also open during these days and times. Child’s birth certificate required for children under one.
  • Call 215-724-8550 for more information.

Delaware County Family Service Center
Address: 130 E. 7th Street Chester, PA 19013
Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm


  • Call 610-876-7101 for further information.

Bucks County Family Service Center
Address: 100 Levittown Parkway Levittown, PA 19054
Food Pantry Hours: Monday 1-3:30pm, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm


  • In order to access the pantry, clients must call (215) 949-1991 to schedule an appointment