About Single Stop

Our History

Image of family surrounded by benefits

Michael Weinstein, one of the founders of Single Stop, started the program in the basement of a church in a poor neighborhood in West Philadelphia and brought it to New York City in 1990. In 2002, Weinstein brought the idea to the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty charity operating in New York City, which proceeded to create Single Stop sites through partnerships with community-based organizations in many of New York’s poorest locations. In 2007, Elisabeth Mason, Herb Sturz, and Mr. Weinstein – with generous help from The Atlantic Philanthropies – turned Single Stop into a separate 501(c)(3). What had started out in a cramped basement in Philadelphia soon took on national proportions.

Single Stop offers a one-stop off-ramp out of poverty by supporting families in meeting their basic needs. Throughout its history, Single Stop has focused on essentials. Sites connect visitors first and foremost to food stamps, local food pantries, housing programs, and jobs. Our national network of partner organizations allows us to meet our clients at their point of need in the places they frequent the most. Whether they are community-based organizations like food pantries, libraries, veterans’ centers, etc., or community colleges and universities, their locale offers a unique vantage point from which to connect individuals and families to much-needed resources.


Our Vision

For every individual to have access to opportunities for achieving the American Dream


Our Mission

Single Stop builds pathways out of poverty by leveraging partnerships and technology to connect people to existing resources, all through a unique one-stop shop.

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