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Outreach at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral is inspired by these words from Matthew’s Gospel:  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.               (Matthew 25:35) 

In the tradition of the earliest Cathedrals, we are a place unconditional hospitality and welcome to all who walk through our open doors.  We minister to the hungry seeking physical sustenance through the Cathedral’s many feeding programs, as well as to the despairing seeking spiritual solace and sustenance through prayer, fellowship, and pastoral care.


The Cathedral has a rich tradition of outreach and hospitality in serving vulnerable populations and those in need. Our outreach ministries, which continue to grow, take place in the Cathedral. We are grateful for a dedicated group of volunteers and the other agencies we have partnered with that include Philabundance, the Clothes Closet, and Episcopal Community Services.

Mondays: 10 am until 150 families are served or 12 noon
Non-perishable food items are distributed in the Cathedral. 


Mon - Thurs: 11 am - 1 pm
Nutritious "Take Away" meal bags are available with distribution in the Cathedral.

Delicious hot lunches served in the Cathedral at 12 Noon one Thursday  each month:.


3rd Wednesday of the month

  • Our Closet is a pop up shop that provides free clothing to individuals in need in a welcoming space that is a boutique type setting.
  • Our Closet provides these clothes in dignified manner and allows individuals to accept these items with pride and confidence.
  • Our mission is to allow easy access to quality free clothing to people right in their own neighborhood so that they can continue to strive to meet their personal goals
  • No questions asked.

Find out more about Our Closet

Monthly Community Luncheon

The Cathedral welcomes the community for its monthly Community Lunch this the last Thrusday of very month. Through the efforts of some wonderful volunteers, lunch is provided on the last Thursday of the month in the nave of Cathedral to those in need of a meal. Not only do we share food but also the beauty and solice of the Cathedral sanctuary. This ministry continues to grow in number and several of those who attend the luncheon have become regular worshippers at the Cathedral at our Sunday Eucharist.

Monday Food Pantry Hours
The Food Pantry is open on Monday's from 12:30 - 2pm. Food provided by Philabundance and the Cathedral community is offered to those in need in the surrounding community. For more information, please email Coordinator Lamont Murray at Lmurray3701@gmail.com .

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Food Pantry Needs

We are in need of non-perishable food items to replenish the “Food Pantry”. If you can donate any of the items listed below, it would be most appreciated. Items needed are listed as follows:

Soup, Oatmeal, Syrup, Pancake Mix, Canned Veggies Boxed Rice, Instant Potatoes, Tuna Fish, Cranberry Sauce, Canned Ham, Boxed Stuffing, Salad Dressing.

Personal Care Items - Conditioner Toothpaste Toothbrushes Single packs of tissues, Deodorant, Lotion, Chapstick.
Travel size would be most useful.

Take Away Food Ministry

This ministry provides those who are hungry or homeless with a small bag of snacks which are non-perishable and nutritious and offers some sustenance to those who struggle with overwhelming challenges. A contribution of $2 dollars provides a nutritious “Take Away Bag” for someone who is hungry or homeless. The bags are available when the Cathedral is open weekdays Monday through Thrusday, 11am to 1pm.

Food Ministry Opportunities

* Required

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral | 23 South 38th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104 | Telephone: 215 386-0234 | Fax: 215 386-5009

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