Social Services      Monday - Wednesday      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Food Cupboard    Thursdays    10:00 am - 4:00 pm​

[Hours are subject to change. In the case of inclement weather, GACM will close when Philadelphia Public Schools close.]

GACM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; (United Way Donor Option #48843

© 2019 by Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry. Proudly created by NYT Writer SM

GACM Ministry Update

Updated 3/30/2020

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, many of our neighbors have and will be impacted by loss of income and other challenges including accessing food. GACM is committed to providing you support during this period of uncertainty. We're here to provide up to date information regarding questions and concerns you have. As things change, regular updates to our voice message and website will be made.


On April 6, GACM will reopen for Social Services. To comply with the current stay at home order and social distancing requirements, we plan to answer questions and conduct all intake interviews via telephone. For service, call our office, 215-843-2340, Monday through Wednesday, 9AM -2PM. Staff will be available to take your calls. However, should you need to leave a message, please do so. Messages received during our business hours will be returned as soon as possible, but no later than 5PM that day.


The Food Cupboard will be open Thursdays, 10AM - Noon. Although we cannot function as a Choice Cupboard, we will provide prepacked groceries.




We need financial and volunteer support. You can quickly make online donations on our website or send your gift to GACM: 35 W Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19144. Volunteers are needed to support our food distributions once we confirm our emergency operation plan. To volunteer send your contact info to (Contact form is below.  Subject: Volunteer)


​For specific questions


Voice message: 215-843-2340

Voice messages and emails are checked daily, Monday through Friday.


Please be safe! Wash your hands. Follow the City of Philadelphia's “Stay at Home” order. Practice

"Social Distancing" by keeping a distance of 6’ between you and others.


Last Updated 3/30/2020

How You Can Help

Did You Know

With significant income changes, you may now qualify for utility Customer Assistance Programs


  • Per Public Utility Commission, no Philadelphia Utility Shut Offs through May 1, 2020

  • LIHEAP/CRISIS extended to April 10, 2020

  • State and Federal  Income Tax filing extension to July 15, 2020 

  • PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate extension to December 31, 2020

  • provides various resources. Targets families with children but informative for all​​

  • To file for unemployment visit:

  • To file for Food Stamps or Medicaid visit:

  • Temporary hold on some Philadelphia evictions.  GACM will seek resources to help address housing crises resulting from income disruption per the Corona crisis. For information, call GACM, 215-843-2340

Your Voice Must Be Heard

Respond to the 2020 census online: April 1, 2020


More information to follow.

Food Resources

GACM Cupboard Hours: Thursday 10 AM - Noon

  • Call 1-800-5-H-U-N-G-R-Y to find locations for food

  • Philadelphia School District Grab and Go Children’s Meals in the GACM target area available                     Monday and Thursday 9am-Noon.

    • ​Roosevelt Elementary School 430 E Washington Lane 19144

    • John B. Kelly 5116 Pulaski Ave 19144

    • Martin Luther King High School 6100 Stenton Ave 19138

  • Charter Schools are open on varying days and hours. Contact 215-866-9000 or

    • Mastery Pickett Campus 5700 Wayne Ave (19144)

    • Mastery Pastorius 5650 Sprague St 19138

    • Outside of our area? Additional locations can be found at​


Our mission is to connect at-risk Northwest Philadelphia residents to resources within themselves and the community, that resolve their crises, stabilize their lives and equip them to take the next step(s) toward self-sufficiency.
GACM operates with the support of 2 social workers, an administrative assistant and a host of regular volunteers who donate over 100 hours of service each week. Ad-hoc volunteers provide additional support during the holiday season and for other special activities. 



35 W. Chelten Avenue
(Located in The First Presbyterian
Church in Germantown)
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(P) 215-843-2340
(F) 215-843-6020