These Philadelphia resources span various aspects of health and are offered either through the city itself or through its many non-profit organizations. While these resources are helpful for everyone, they may be particularly useful to people with low incomes, as many of the below services are offered for free.
Reliable, up-to-date information about resources in the Philadelphia area for children and families. CAP4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve or enhance the lives of children, teens and families. Includes Parent Handouts.
The initiative was created to help build and sustain healthy communities by promoting nutrition education, food access, and physical fitness in over 20 West and Southwest Philadelphia schools. AUNI offers cooking and gardening clubs as a part of its School Food Education program as well as an Adult Senior Nutrition Program and a Good Food Bag program (Nov - April).
In-person or telephone support for Philadelphia residents to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Health Insurance (CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and more.
See this Food Access Collaborative webpage for a updated link to a downloadable Free Meals Flyer that lists addresses, dates, and times where people can access free meals in different parts of Philadelphia.
Get help and learn about a wide variety of public health issues - from accessing birth & death certificates to immunizations, domestic violence, lead poisoning information, and much more - and connect with the city's health centers for care.
City health centers accept Medicare, Medicaid, HMO plans, and most other insurance options. If you are uninsured, the centers will charge a small fee based on family size and income. Health centers can also help you apply for affordable health insurance. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged.
Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive health services organization that provides primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. Their Critical Path Learning Center offers a library of health resources, access to technology, adult education, and job readiness.
Directory of health centers that provide free screenings for Sexually-Transmitted Diseases/Infections
The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) is the public library system serving everyone who lives, works, and studies in the City of Philadelphia. Check out the free health and fitness-related resources that the FLP offers.