Where, When and How to Donate Your Turkey this Holiday Season

Posted by Brittany Barbato on November 20th, 2015

Thinking about donating a turkey or ham to a family in need this holiday season? Here are the top three things you need to know now: Turkeys and hams must be hard-frozen in order for us to accept your donation. You can drop-off your turkey at either of our Philabundance warehouse locations, Berks (302 West Berks Street) or South Philadelphia (3616 South Galloway Street), between 7AM and 3PM. Your donation will be distributed to one of our 400 member agencies (i.e. soup kitchen, food pantry) who help us serve more than 90,000 people each week. Can’t donate a turkey but still want to support our ...

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Turkey Talk: How to Discuss Hunger at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Posted by Brittany Barbato on November 16th, 2015

For many, Thanksgiving is a time centered on food, family and tradition. Nostalgia and aromas of pumpkin spice waft through the air, reminding each family member of special times past and hopes for a full future. What happens in your home after the turkey is roasted, the yams are on the table and everyone is gathered ‘round? Do you give thanks? Say a prayer? Talk about the big game? This year, consider these five dinner table conversation starters and stats to help family and friends better understand the cause you care about: Let’s eat! Food is a basic human right, and yet 750,000 ...

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Fresh Look: Fresh For All Program Offering Free Produce to Community

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 29th, 2015

Our Fresh For All program is like a traveling farmers market, setting up at the same location every week — on the same day and at the same time — so local residents can rely on the availability of a selection of fresh produce throughout the year. Many clients are also volunteers, enjoying the opportunity to support and engage with their fellow community members while also receiving free produce from the program. Here’s a quick glance at what a few of our current clients, volunteers and staff have to say about their experience with Fresh For All:           This program wouldn't be possible ...

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From Tree to Table

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 13th, 2015

On Tuesday morning we got the call: a local grower was generously looking to donate fresh apples she recently gleaned from Winesap trees in her neighborhood. Within 48 hours – thanks to quick, efficient coordination by our Food Acquisition, Warehouse and Transportation teams – the apples went from a tree in Montgomery County to the cutting boards in our Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). Our students learned how to make homemade applesauce and, once complete, offered the fall-favorite snack to children living in the shelter where our kitchen is based. Today, our PCK students and staff are excited to share their special recipe with ...

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We Did It: Hunger Action Month Raises 35K Meals!

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 6th, 2015

Thanks to our generous Hunger Action Month Heroes, we met – and exceeded! – our goal of raising 30,000 meals in the 30 days of September. The meals raised will go to some of the 750,000 people in our area facing hunger. The generosity demonstrated last month by every supporter, partner and collaborator is a testament to our community’s commitment to helping feed our hungry neighbors in need and fills us with hope for, one day, a hunger-free future. As a token of our gratitude and inspiration to continue fighting hunger with us year-round, please enjoy this special thank you from ...

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Yesterday I Was Hungry

Posted by on September 30th, 2015

Yesterday I was hungry. All day. But it was my choice. I fasted for Yom Kippur, which was my decision, one I make annually for a spiritual purpose. And every year on this day, when I start to feel the pangs and getting cranky and thinking, ‘I'm not going to make it. I'll just have a quick snack.’ That's when a voice in my head reminds me how privileged I am; it reminds me so very many people around the world go hungry every single day and they can't get up and get a snack. They're hungry because they have ...

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Penn State Alumna Hungry for Change

Posted by Brittany Barbato on September 15th, 2015

Guest Blog post by Christina Moresi, educator, and Community Service Director for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association As an educator, I know the profound effects hunger has on my students’ health and education. It’s a distraction. It hurts their achievement. It’s the reason why I made fighting hunger one of my first initiatives when I became the Community Service Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association in 2011. Our Chapter volunteers with Philabundance often and holds an annual food drive and fundraiser. This past year we were challenged by a long-time board member to do ...

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The Art of Preparation Creates The Experience

Posted by Brittany Barbato on August 19th, 2015

A guest blog post from Celebrity Chef, Cooking Up Couture 2015 Host and Hunger Hero Brian Duffy: I am so excited to be a part of the 2015 Cooking Up Couture Food + Fashion Showcase to benefit the Philabundance Community Kitchen! There are few events I get to do throughout the year that I have a true passion for and this is definitely one of them! Every aspect of the event – the venue, the guests, the chefs and the designers – is the best of the best… and they all care about the community! Imagine walking into a venue where all ...

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4 Ways to Fight Food Waste with John Oliver

Posted by Brittany Barbato on July 20th, 2015

Regardless of your political party, personal beliefs or musical preferences, last night comedian and late-night TV show host John Oliver shined his satirical spotlight on an undeniable issue in our country: food waste. We’ve tailored Oliver’s tips to help you fight hunger and food waste right here in the Delaware Valley: “Resolving to eat uglier fruit.” Philabundance Food Acquisition Deputy Director Lisa Hodaei explains, “Our expectations as consumers have a ripple effect in the industry; seeking out “the perfect fruit” can create an artificial demand on stores, which impacts market standards for farmers who are producing the fruit.” What You Can Do: Check in ...

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Winning Cupcake Recipe for Your July 4th

Posted by Brittany Barbato on July 1st, 2015

Let the Blue J's put the blue in your red, white, and blue BBQ! Their “Nutty New England Nosh" cupcake recipe stole the (cup)cake at this year's Cupcake Smash and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your own 4th of July bash. Team: Blue J's Cupcakes Winning Cupcake: Nutty New England Nosh Years participating in Cupcake Smash: 5 About Blue J’s: We’re two good friends who enjoy creating and executing recipes, especially desserts. The dream is to have a business: Blue J's Baked Greats. Why Cupcake Smash? We are both natural competitors who love to flex our creative muscles. It's a lot of time, money and ...

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