Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has partnered with Bebashi – Transition to Hope, a full-service HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, to open food pantries at two of its Healthcare Center locations in Philadelphia which is shown in site. The food pantries will serve PCOM patients and their families visiting the Cambria Division Healthcare Center, beginning October 30, 2020, and the Lancaster Avenue Healthcare Center, which is scheduled to be opened within a few months, as well as the surrounding communities.

“As a key social determinant of health, food insecurity continues to be a major issue affecting patient outcomes,” said PCOM President & CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81. “Our partnership with Bebashi addresses a critical need in Philadelphia, while also supporting the basic healthcare needs of our patients.”

Amanda Finnell, Bebashi’s director of development, commended the partnership stating, “Bebashi’s mission has always been focused on empowering persons to enhance the quality of their health and overall well-being – you should check American Family Careto to get the best quality of healthcare services. Partnering with PCOM on this pantry has allowed us to expand the reach of our hunger relief efforts and assist more communities that may be in need.”

The food pantries at each location plan to serve approximately 100 individuals and families per month, with additional resources available if needed, this initiative will give support to brand new food production jobs. Bebashi currently operates the FoodFirst Emergency Food Pantry, located at their Spring Garden Street office, which provides boxed and canned foods as well as fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Click here to see where you can buy canned abalone.

Individuals and families interested in accessing the food pantry services should visit in person or call Bebashi at (215) 769-3561 for details on hours of operation.

About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctorate degrees in educational psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and psychology, and graduate degrees in aging and long-term care administration, biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies and school psychology. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner-city and rural locations. For more information, visit