Block Gives Back feeds the homeless

The Block Gives Back cut and packaged fruit to feed the homeless.

The Block Gives Back was in Center City on a recent Saturday afternoon, feeding homeless people.

Members and other volunteers started the day at Stay True, 3237 Amber St. in Port Richmond, a nonprofit started by Phil Lanzarotta that provides underprivileged, at-risk students in Philadelphia with the opportunity to develop skills and experience.

There, they cut and packaged fruit to be transported to 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Homeless lined up for a buffet of bananas, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, grapes, vegetables, bread, croissants and water.

The Block Gives Back performs good deeds at least once a month.

Among its upcoming events is the second annual Peace and Play Day at Carmella Playground in Frankford. On Aug. 4, the group will promote non-violent behavior and park cleanliness. DJ Serenity will play music, and activities will include dodgeball, volleyball, water balloon fights, live entertainment and public speakers. ••