Three mornings a week, we welcome neighbors to our Food Choice Pantry so they can select groceries. The pantry runs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:30 – 12:00 pm. All are welcome to come to our building, although there may be a wait to ensure every person has space and time to choose the foods they want. In lieu of money, every person who comes gets a point allotment they can use to “spend” in the store for their families and themselves.
Because food is medicine, we also partner with Esperanza Health center! We send bags of fresh foods to Esperanza, which they give to patients who can use it the most. We also set aside time in our food pantry specifically for Esperanza Health Center patients to come and choose groceries.
If you are interested in coming to our food choice pantry, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates and the latest information about events, timing, and changes. Social media handles are available at the bottom of this page!
To partner with us, email Mike.
We answer the door and do our best to be present with everyone we meet. The needs among our neighbors are great and while we don’t have the capacity to meet all of these needs, we work hard to connect neighbors to people and places who can. We are thankful for all the other great partner organizations in Philly, and to people around the world who support us as we support others – from making blankets, to fixing houses, and helping folks recover from addiction.
To inquire about services, contact Maria.
Over the years, we’ve created sort of a liturgy of neighborhood celebrations that happen through the years. Nearly every month we have something that brings us all together – Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and some of our own original events like our back to school party every Labor Day. Some of these festivities have hundreds of folks participating, so we are grateful for all your support – and we are thankful for a neighborhood that knows how to celebrate together.
Simple Way Scholars
In partnership with Eastern University, we offer the opportunity for young people who are connected with the TSW community to attend and excel in college & to equip students for this journey. We believe we have a holistic program that supports scholarship recipients with the skills, experiences, confidence and support necessary for success at Eastern University, Esperanza College, or wherever they may choose. It is a gift to see young people from Kensington pursue their dreams with one less obstacle standing in their way.
To learn more about supporting education in Kensington, email Caz.
The Simple Store
The Simple Store is one way we pursue sustainability as an organization. In addition to grassroots donations, we want to make sure we are generating a portion of our own income AND supporting local workers and vendors at the same time.
Right now, we feature products from nearby vendors and books from diverse authors. We’re hoping to include artwork from local artists and other values-aligned materials as well!
Every time you buy from our store, you are powering jobs and sustainability here in Kensington.
Check out the bookstore here – SimpleStore