Thanksgiving Basket Program

Celebrating 35 Years of Giving: Join the Coalition to Fight Hunger! 

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Or you may mail your check to:
Urban Affairs Coalition, c/o Brandon Johnson
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 needy families. Over the past 35 years, UAC has fed over 200,000 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. Last year, the Urban Affairs Coalition and its partners provided full trimmed Thanksgiving baskets to 2,000 families; over 12,000 individuals.


Over the last 13 years, our partners Brown’s Shoprite and their vendors have provided all of the Thanksgiving fixings valued at $50,000 annually. However, UAC must raise $40,000 to purchase the Turkeys for the baskets. Will you help us?


To learn about sponsorships or other ways to give, please contact Brandon Johnson, at or call 215-851-1931.




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! Recently, published a story that Philadelphia has the highest deep-poverty rate among the 10 largest cities. “Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.3 percent, or around 186,000 people - 60,000 of whom are children.”


Link: - An 'uncomfortable' life: Philly still America's poorest big city.   




Please contact Brandon Johnson at


·         Each year volunteers stuff Thanksgiving Baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite, 24th & Oregon. Basket Stuffing this year will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9AM - 12PM.

·         Volunteers can also help by distributing the baskets at Brown's Family Shoprite Parkside, 1575 N 52nd Street on Monday, November 21, 2018.

·         Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.




2017 Thanksgiving Basket Program Major Partners ($5,000 and up)

  •  Brown’s Family Shoprite (2018 confirmed)
  •  AmeriHealth Caritas / Keystone First PA
  •  Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown (2018 confirmed)
  •  Lindy Property Management
  •  PA Health and Wellness