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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A Note from Philabundance’s Newest Hunger Hero

Posted by Glenn Bergman on June 10th, 2015

Hello Philabundance blog-o-sphere! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Glenn Bergman and, as of June 1, I am the new Executive Director of Philabundance. This is my first blog post so you’ll have to let me know how I do. In fact, listening is a big priority for me in this first month so I can better understand client, agency and partner needs, as well as how we can collaborate to create the strongest impact on hunger, together. I am going to spend a lot of time walking around all our facilities so I get to know ...

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Change for CHANGE

Posted by Brittany Barbato on May 19th, 2015

Saving money to go to Disney World is a common experience for children who dream of meeting Mickey, parading with princesses and taking tea time twice a day. But when Braydn, a kindergartener at Good Shepherd Catholic School (GSC) in Ardsley, PA, heard about her school’s coin drive for Philabundance, she chose to put her piggy bank towards driving away hunger instead of driving a horse-drawn carriage. “I was saving to have more money for Disney World, but I thought I’d give it to people who don’t have any food,” says Braydn. “It made me feel happy because I knew the people ...

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Hunger Hits the Main Line

Posted by Philabundance on May 14th, 2015

Paoli is located on the Main Line, one of the Delaware Valley’s wealthiest areas. So many may assume that its residents don’t face hunger. But they do. Thanks to Philabundance agencies like The Church of the Good Samaritan’s food closet, there is a free service for local residents who need food assistance, and some “Main Liners” don’t have to worry about their next meal. Dale, a Good Samaritan client for over a year, faced health and financial issues that lead her to seek help. While visiting another church’s food closet, she heard others talking about Good Samaritan – how organized and how ...

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Pinpointing Hunger at Home

Posted by Brittany Barbato on May 7th, 2015

The Gap Food insecurity is everywhere. But just how close is it to home? Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, says hunger exists in every zip code in the country. As we seek out more collaboration in the hunger movement, resources like Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap are becoming increasingly important. This ongoing study, which began in 2011 and will be updated annually beginning this year, is particularly impactful because it is the only one of its kind to provide county-level estimates on US food insecurity. Just like dredging up a weed in the garden, if we can address the root ...

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Valuing Our Volunteers

Posted by Brittany Barbato on April 28th, 2015

In 2014 alone, more than 17,000 people volunteered at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center— offsetting labor costs by close to $2 million and allowing that savings to be reinvested into driving hunger from our communities. To honor, thank and encourage this impact, Philabundance celebrated National Volunteer Week 2015 by hosting exclusive volunteer shifts and a barbeque block party for our top volunteers. Throughout the week individuals and corporate partners (including Bank of America, Campbell Soup Company, Comcast, Dunkin’ Donuts, GlaxoSmithKline, Nationwide, PECO, Vanguard and Wells Fargo) who contributed the most donated time and/or funds over the past two years rolled up their sleeves to sort, ...

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