Children’s Health Resources
MAGIC has identified a number of organizations that may provide additional information and resources.
National Resources for Information about Children’s Health and Wellness
- In Pennsylvania, 1.8 million people are struggling with hunger – and of them 695,495 are children.
- People facing hunger in Pennsylvania are estimated to report needing $821,658,000 more per year to meet their food needs.
- For more information about child hunger in Pennsylvania see the Hunger in PA Facts Sheet.
Health & Well-being
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): If you have a child under the age of 19 years old that in uninsured, you may qualify for free or low cost health insurance. In Pennsylvania, no income is too high to apply for coverage. In Pennsylvania, visit chipcoverspakids.com to find out more.
- Find eligibility and other information regarding CHIP nationwide here.
- CHIP also covers pregnant women in 19 states. The March of Dimes has issued a CHIP Coverage for Pregnant Women fact sheet listing states and highlighting services provided to pregnant women.
- For multiple needs, or if you do not find what you are looking for below, please visit auntbertha, a social care network that “takes the difficulty out of navigating the system to get help.” This site lists additional meals, food pantries and food assistance programs as well as medical, dental and mental health resources. COVID-19 specific resources are also listed at this time.
Meals and Food Assistance Resources
Free Meals for School-Aged Children
- USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020!! This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids to use the Site Finder interactive map for locations in all 50 states.
Free Community Meals
- Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) of Lower Bucks County provides Free Meals for the entire family. While traditional (sit down) community meals are not open at this time due to COVID-19 guidelines, several sites are offering to go meals. Please visit AHTN.org for more information.
Fresh Food & Food Pantries
- Farm to Families Program St. Mary Medical Center offers the Farm to Families program. It provides fresh, healthy, affordable food throughout lower Bucks County.
- Fresh Connect Bucks County Fresh Connect is a collaboration of Bucks County Opportunity Council, Philabundance, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue and St. Mary Medical Center, with generous funding by United Way of Bucks County. Fresh Connect offers free, farm fresh foods at three (3) locations per week throughout the county. FRESH CONNECT IS OPEN as a drive-through service during COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, please call Pantries before visiting, as many pantries are reducing hours or closing during this time.
- Bucks Co. Food Pantries Please find a list of food pantries throughout Bucks County along with operating hours and contact information.
- Find an Interactive List of Food Pantries in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Food Assistance Programs
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Pennsylvanians buy food to obtain a more nutritious diet. Learn more about the SNAP program and how to apply.
Bucks County Food Assistance Sites Map (Click to access an interactive map) Find programs including including SNAP, WIC, fresh food, pantries and summer meals for school-aged children!
Food Farmacy – Eating for Health
- Apply for MANNA Services MANNA provides temporary meal services and nutrition education to those in the Greater Philadelphia area battling illness. MANNA believes food is medicine.
Food Education & Nutrition
- Become a Sunday Suppers Family Sunday Suppers enhances the overall health and wellness of families through the transformative power of family meals, serving low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia.