Green Light Pantry
The Green Light Food Pantry at Drueding Center is focused on promoting healthy eating while helping families put food on the table. Unlike most other food pantries, the Green Light Pantry provides only highly nutritious food to Drueding Center families, graduates, staff and the local community. One of the first of its kind in Philadelphia, the Green Light Pantry is a pilot program created by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.
Nearly 70 percent of families who go to food pantries have members with chronic disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol, according to a study by the Coalition. To address these diseases, the Green Light Pantry at Drueding Center provides only foods that can be categorized as “Green Light Foods,” which is a system developed by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank that ranks foods based on their Nutritional Facts labels and the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines.
At the pantry, families are allowed to choose their own healthy food. Among the selections: whole-grain pasta and cereals; low-fat milk and yogurt; fresh fruits and vegetables; and lean proteins, such as canned salmon, frozen chicken, fresh eggs, and beans with no salt added. Items that you might typically find at other food pantries—mac and cheese, for instance, or canned soups that are high in sodium—are not carried at Drueding Center.
Families who are clients of the Green Light Pantry attend nutrition classes every month. They also receive free health screenings and assistance in applying for SNAP (food stamps), school meals and other programs that can help their families afford to make healthier food choices.
Make a Donation
We are always accepting healthy food donations for the Green Light Pantry at Drueding Center! To donate, contact Sr. Kim Kessler, CSR, Life Skills and Wellness Advocate, at 215-787-3275.
For a list of accepted foods, click here.