City Officials Provide Update on Summer Meals

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced 129 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the city’s total number of confirmed cases to 23,951.

There has been continued progress in congregate settings, with no additional incarcerated individuals or nursing homes.

An additional eight fatalities have been reported by the Department of Public Health, bringing the total to 1,433 deaths by the virus.

In efforts to keep any students from going hungry, the City and partners will increase the number of student meal sites providing free food. Starting June 15, 197 Playstreets will offer lunch and a snack to children up to 18 years old.

42 additional schools and 13 Philadelphia Housing Authorities will offer meals along with many charter schools. The most recent information is available here.

The following eight meal distribution sites will not provide meals this summer to accommodate capital improvements:

  • June 11 is the last day of distribution for J.B. Kelly and Russell Conwell.
  • July 2 will be the final day for meal distribution at six other schools: Sayre, Finletter, Overbrook Educational Center, Roxborough, Duckery, and Bethune.
  • The sites will distribute flyers with nearby food and meal sites to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Forty-two current School District of Philadelphia meal sites will continue operations for the summer, expanding the District’s typical summer meal offerings, in order to meet the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning on June 15, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will expand its meal program to 13 sites, offering grab-and-go meals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. Adults must have their children with them to pick up meals. The sites are:

40 City supported food sites will run throughout the summer, distributing one free box of food per household on Monday and Thursday mornings.

On June 5, Philadelphia entered the Yellow Phase. The City’s Safer at Home plan and executive order outline how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business. Lower-risk activities allowed to operate during the Yellow Phase include:

  • Restaurants (including food trucks and walk-up ordering; no dine-in service; no outdoor dining until June 12)
  • Retail businesses (curbside and delivery are strongly encouraged)
  • Child care centers
  • Outdoor youth day camps and recreation
  • Outdoor parks-related amenities
  • Office-based businesses (telework still required whenever feasible)
  • Consumer banking
  • Automobile sales
  • Real estate activities
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse operations

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