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Black History Month

Hunger effects every zip code in the U.S., but in Black communities, the rate of food insecurity is disproportionately high. According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 Black individuals faced hunger in 2022 – more than double the rate of white individuals. In response, Black community leaders have had, and

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Spread the Love

We’re excited to launch our Spread the Love campaign this month which will run through the end of February. The main objectives of the Spread the Love initiative are to collect food, raise funds, and increase awareness about food insecurity during a traditionally slow time of year post-holiday giving.  Our goal

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

In honor of the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Philabundance hosted and attended community service projects across the Greater Philadelphia region. This day was a great reflection on our mission to relieve hunger now and end hunger for good, and we are thankful for each and

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A Look Back at 2023

Wow! What an amazing year we had here at Philabundance! As we dive into 2024, we’re also reflecting on the incredible work we’ve been able to accomplish in 2023 thanks to our dedicated employees and volunteers, community partners, and all who generously support our mission to feed our neighbors in

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USDA Report Finds Drastic Increase in Food Insecurity

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released their annual Household Food Security Report, revealing national food insecurity rates for 2022. We learned that 44.2 million people, including over 13 million children, lived in food insecure households – an increase of over 10 million people from the year prior.

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Hunger is Scary

During Halloween season, a haunting worry grips many of our neighbors – the dread of going hungry. Did you know that 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure? This number has risen from last year, marking the largest annual increase in hunger since the Great Recession in 2008. This year,

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Strike Out Hunger 2023

While we didn’t win on the field, we did win off the field as we faced off against our Feeding America partner, St. Mary’s Food Bank, in Phoenix, AZ. During this year’s playoff run, Philabundance launched a friendly competition with our friends out West to raise funds for hunger relief

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The Full Effect of Food Insecurity

Throughout September, Philabundance is recognizing Hunger Action Month, which is an annual nationwide campaign encouraging individuals to take action and end hunger for good in America.   This year’s campaign, The Full Effect, highlights the impact of food on people’s lives and shows how a meal goes beyond solely nourishing our

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The Farm Bill

WHAT IS THE FARM BILL?  The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that governs most federal food and farming programs. It impacts access to nutritious food for the over 44 million of people in the United States facing hunger.  The Farm Bill must be reauthorized by Congress nearly every

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“More Than Food” Mural Dedication

Mural Arts Philadelphia, in partnership with Philabundance, is thrilled to announce the commission and installation of a new mural at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center. This captivating and colorful mural, designed by renowned artist Calo Rosa, is bringing new life to South Philadelphia while celebrating the vital impact of Philabundance’s work

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Hunger Action Month 2023

September is Hunger Action Month, Feeding America’s annual nationwide campaign designed to inspire people to take action and end hunger for good in the U.S.   This year’s campaign is a part of The Full Effect PSA campaign platform which launched back in June. The Full Effect highlights the impact of

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The Benefits of a Community Garden

There’s nothing quite like walking out your back door and picking the freshest fruits and veggies from your own garden to create delicious, healthy meals for your family. For millions of people in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, though, accessing these important foods is a real challenge. That’s a

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Top Guac Competition 2023

The 2023 Philabundance Top Guac Challenge judges have spoken, and the winner is… the incredibly talented, Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) Special Events Catering Chef, Kai Reynolds!     In celebration of National Avocado Day on July 31st, we teamed up with The GIANT Company and Avocados From Mexico for our 3nd

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TruMark Hosts Credit Unions’ Food Drive

On Friday, July 14th, Trumark and 14 local credit unions along with a few legislators joined us at our Galloway warehouse to drop off food donations. Last month, during National Hunger Awareness Month, each credit union location joined the fight to end hunger and hosted a Corporate Food Drive to

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Host a Corporate Food Drive

As the school year has come to a close and children are looking forward to a fun summer break, Philabundance is working hard to help provide families with nutritious, delicious food in the communities that we serve. Our goal is to play a significant role in ensuring the summer season

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What’s the difference between a Food Bank and a Food Pantry?

Food banks and food pantries, what’s the difference?   When new employees, volunteers, donors, and visitors arrive at our Hunger Relief Centers in South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, and Roxborough, they’re often amazed by the size of our warehouses and the amount of food filling our shelves. They’re also pleasantly surprised to

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Wawa Hoagie Day

Thank you, Wawa, for your support in the fight to End Hunger! We hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day weekend celebrating with family and friends! If you were in Philly during last week’s Wawa Welcome America celebration, you know our city was full of exciting events for

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Phans Feeding Families Day 2023

Thank you to everyone who donated to end hunger in our region! Since 2011, Citizens and the Phillies and Philabundance have teamed for the Phans Feeding Families night. This special night’s focus is to raise awareness about hunger in our region to ensure people facing food insecurity have access to healthy meals.     We’d like

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Summer Hunger

THE DETAILS Summer is quickly approaching, and that means vacations, warm weather, and school is officially out! Unfortunately, summer also means that some children will worry about when they’ll eat next. Summer is the hungriest season of the year for many children because they can no longer have access to

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Community Partnerships Day 2023

On Thursday, June 1st, Philabundance hosted its first Community Partnerships Day at Xfinity Live in South Philadelphia. We invited our partners to send representatives to attend breakout sessions, which focused on informative topics such as nutrition in food pantries, grant writing, and identifying community member needs. Our guests also enjoyed

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Phans Feeding Families

  Since 2011, Citizens and the Phillies have teamed up with Philabundance to fight hunger across Greater Philadelphia, raising over half a million dollars to provide more than one million meals for our neighbors in need. Inflation and the end of SNAP extra allotments have had a serious impact on

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Community Partner Series Wrap-Up

Thank you to our community partners for helping distribute nutritious food in the nine counties we serve! Over the course of the last several months, different departments across Philabundance worked diligently together to identify and capture compelling stories which highlight and celebrate our Community Partners, our “boots on the ground,”

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Food and Fund Drive

As grocery prices remain high, and as families are feeling the pinch of the SNAP benefit decrease, the increased demand for healthy food donations continues to rise. Philabundance is seeing this elevated need across the nine-county region we serve first-hand, and in turn, our overall supply is being distributed to

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Thank you for helping us End Hunger, one family at a time! Big or small, our community partners make an impact in the communities they serve, and we couldn’t drive hunger from our communities without them. Organizations such as churches, senior centers, non-profits, emergency kitchens, and many more help us

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Mighty Writers

Thank you for your continued partnership and support! Imagine a child who is a bright, creative, driven individual soaring for the stars. Imagine that child has a tough time, though, expressing his or her thoughts and dreams in a succinct way. Mighty Writers Camden has stepped in to help our community’s kids

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Fighting Food Insecurity During Ramadan

Many families are struggling to put food on the table as the SNAP Extra Allotment payments have ended and the price of food has increased, food insecurity is a growing issue, and we know that families are experiencing a Hunger Cliff.  To help combat this, Philabundance partnered with State Senator

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Mizpah Seventh-Day Adventist

If you visit the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center in South Philadelphia on any given Tuesday or Friday morning, you’ll find a host of trucks, vans, and cars gathering along Pattison Avenue. On those set days throughout the year, our Community Partner representatives line up early, some even before the sun comes up,

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Volunteer Appreciation Month

Philabundance runs on volunteers. Without them, we couldn’t accomplish the work that we do on a daily basis in providing nutritious food to our nine-county service area in Southeastern PA and Southern NJ. We are beyond grateful for the tens of thousands of hours our dedicated community members commit to

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City Team

Located in the heart of Chester, PA, CityTeam is a Christian nonprofit organization providing a wide array of programs to hundreds of families each week. The team serves hot meals seven days a week, and distributes emergency food boxes, fresh fruits and vegetables, diapers, and baby formula. They offer a safe night’s

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Family Promise Montco

Thank you for helping us beet hunger in our service area! Community Partners are an important part of our mission. Philabundance serves nine counties, and to do so, we strongly rely on our Community Partners to distribute fresh and nutritious food to families in need.  Each week, community partners come

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Drive Away Hunger During Ramadan

The February 2023 expiration of Pennsylvania’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will have devastating effects on roughly 485,000 people in the Philadelphia region. Along with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the rising cost of food caused by inflation, food insecurity has continued to intensify at a startling rate. On a national

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The Good Food Policy: One Year Later

Last January, Philabundance launched the Good Food Policy to announce its commitment to providing the people we serve with the diverse and nutritious food that they need. This policy is important because it represents our passion for nourishing our community in sustainable and healthy ways.   What is our Good Food Policy?   Philabundance’s Good Food Policy

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Bucks County Housing Group

Thank you for your continued partnership and support! Miss Claire is a vibrant 69-year-old woman from Bucks County, PA who has been working hard her entire life, yet still faces the challenge of putting food on the table. After 15 years of suffering from food insecurity, she turned to the

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Changes to SNAP, what you need to know:

SNAP Emergency Allotments Ended Feb. 28, 2023 Please view our SNAP booklet here for detailed information.  Since the beginning of the COVID –19 pandemic, SNAP recipients have been temporarilyreceiving an “extra SNAP” payment each monthto help with the tremendous challenges brought on by the pandemic. Under this relief measure, SNAP recipients’ benefits were increased to the maximum amount for

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Food is the Fuel for the Future

March signifies National Nutrition Month and this month the theme is- Fuel for the future! Here at Philabundance, we focus on providing healthy and nutritious food for the people we serve while highlighting our mission of Ending Hunger for Good. This month we’re targeting eating with sustainability in mind, staying nourished,

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Huddle to End Hunger Totals

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Huddle to End Hunger Challenge! While the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t bring the Lombardi trophy home this go around during Super Bowl LVII, they’re still champions in our hearts! Thanks to the momentum of the Super Bowl hype and excitement for our Birds, Philabundance

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2023 Toyota Tundra Haul Away Hunger

On Friday, February 3rd, despite the frigid temperatures and whipping winds, more than 85 Toyota Tundras gathered at the Philabundance Berks location to haul more than 650,000 pounds of nutritious food to help feed our local communities facing food insecurity.     As the food pallet-packed vehicles rolled into Citizens Bank Park parking lot

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Huddle to End Hunger

Super Bowl Sunday is on February 12th, but the big game isn’t the only competition on the line.  Philabundance has launched Huddle to End Hunger, a friendly competition with our Feeding America counterpart in Kansas City to see who will emerge as the ultimate champs in the fight against hunger. Join us

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Food is Love at Philabundance

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”     This quote, coined by Hippocrates thousands of years ago, is still very relevant today, recognizing the importance of healthy eating and how nutritious foods are vital to our every day lives.     There’s something intrinsically special about gathering around

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The Distribution HUB

Thanks to all our volunteers, donors and community partners! Every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8:30 am-11:30 am cars line up on the side of our Galloway warehouse to pick up fresh produce at our “HUB” distribution. This food includes dairy items such as cheese and yogurt, fresh produce, and

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MLK Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech – one of the greatest speeches in American history – on August 28th, 1963, calling for an end to racism.  Dr. King’s legacy extends far beyond that speech. Throughout his time as a civil rights pioneer, both

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Philabundance Retail Rescue

On a recent Tuesday morning, volunteers at the West Chester Food Cupboard loaded shopping carts with groceries for the line of cars that wound along the outside of the pantry’s warehouse.   “We give out the best foods,” Connie Gentile said proudly. Connie, a 22-year veteran volunteer, said the pantry

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Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation

Thank you for your continued partnership and support!   Philabundance is pleased to announce the generous donation of $250,000 from the Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation. The donation will help to provide fuel for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, allowing Philabundance to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to our communities in need.

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Join the Square Meal Society

Small Gifts. Big Impact.   Donations from individuals make up the majority of the support we receive at Philabundance. We know that without such incredible generosity from members of the community, we simply would not be able to do this important work.    Every day, donors join us in our

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Transforming Lives Through Food

This year marks the second anniversary for the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) program operating from its dedicated, state-of-the-art facility. The 16-week culinary arts and life skills training program provides a path to stability and self-sufficiency by preparing students for work in the food service industry. Students get hands-on experience in a working kitchen

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Tis’ the Season to Say Thank You!

Thank you for an amazing year!   As 2022 comes to an end, we would like to say THANK YOU for a great year! With the unwavering support of our staff, donors, community partners, and volunteers, we’ve provided more than 52 million pounds of fresh healthy food and distributed 400,000 ready-to-eat meals to people in need throughout

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From Loree’s Table – Winter 2022

Happy Holidays, Philabundance Family!   I truly believe this time of year creates something special. Maybe it’s the traditions, the holiday meals, the promise of a new year—or maybe it’s just the opportunity to spend more time with those we love.   Unfortunately, we know that for many people in

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PCK Holiday Recipes

This holiday season, enjoy two savory side recipes from our talented Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) chefs. These delicious recipes are sure to be a hit at the table. Bon Appétit!  ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND SMOKED GOUDA MAC AND CHEESE Serves 8 CAULIFLOWER SAUCE 3 cups cauliflower florets, cut small 1 tsp salt 1

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