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Fueling Our Future with Fresh Food

Posted by Hilary Stiebel on August 26th, 2014

Back to school is an exciting time of year for many students - the hot summer days are behind us, and the beauty of the changing leaves lies just ahead. Most students come back refreshed from their summer vacation and ready to learn new things. For some children, back to school also means they are going to get meals more regularly. Sadly, many children in our region are going back too hungry to focus on their school work. Luckily, they can often rely on school breakfast and lunch programs to keep hunger at bay. Additionally, initiatives like Philabundance’s KidsBites help local families ...

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Cooking On a Budget: A Simple Summer Meal By Chef Stephen Wilson

Posted by Stephen Wilson on August 14th, 2014

For many of us, summer is associated with good and plentiful eating.  Whether it is meals cooked on the grill, picnics down the shore, or the bounty of fruits and vegetables at the neighborhood farmers market, summer is not a time most associate with going hungry.  The fact of the matter, however, is that nearly 300,000 kids in the Delaware valley run the risk of going hungry this summer because their free or reduced lunch from school is not available and their parents or guardians struggle to find the funds to put summers bounty on the table. Being a chef, I ...

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School’s Out for Summer, But Hunger Never Takes a Vacation

Posted by Jordyn Kimelheim on July 11th, 2014

America’s schools aren’t just places for kids to learn—they’re also major hunger-relief providers. In 2012, the National School Lunch Program provided 31 million children each school day with a nutritious mid-day meal, giving them the fuel they need to succeed in their studies. Millions of children also receive breakfast and snacks at their schools. Our region is no exception, as 42% of children in Philabundance’s Pennsylvania and New Jersey service areas receive free or reduced price meals during the school day.  In the midst of an epidemic of child hunger—according to Feeding America, 1 in 5 American children suffered from ...

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A Personal Experience with Childhood Hunger

Posted by Guest Blogger on June 17th, 2014

While many families are looking forward to vacation, thousands of families are scrambling to figure out how to put food on the table over the next few months. There are more than 300,000 children in the Delaware Valley who are eligible for free and reduced meals in school.  More than 231,000 of those children live in Pennsylvania and nearly 72,000 children live in New Jersey all within Philabundance’s nine county service area in the Delaware Valley. These families rely on free and reduced meals during the school year and without access to those meals, it will be a challenge ...

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The Surge in Senior Citizen Hunger Insecurity

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 29th, 2014

In honor of Older Americans month, Philabundance is highlighting the growing increase of senior citizens struggling with food insecurity. According to Feeding America, 1.1 million households with seniors living alone experience food insecurity. The number of seniors facing hunger is expected to increase by 50% by 2025. Philabundance is committed to getting vital nutrition to senior citizens in the Delaware Valley. Our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides USDA-donated food to low-income seniors, ensuring that more seniors have access to shelf-stable foods to last throughout the month. Senior citizens like Irene Bartow, a 70-year old Bucks County resident, rely on CSFP to ...

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Senior Citizens Facing Food Insecurity Crisis

Posted by Jordyn Kimelheim on May 13th, 2014

Of the 75,000 people Philabundance serves every week, roughly 16% are senior citizens. While Philabundance strives to help all Delaware Valley residents in need of food assistance, we know that hunger impacts senior citizens in ways that differ from our other neighbors in need. As May is National Older Americans Month, now is the perfect time to discuss senior hunger and how Philabundance works to address it. According to Feeding America, 4.8 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure in 2011. In fact, seniors as a demographic are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. Many are out of the ...

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Cupcake Smash is Back!

Posted by Melissa Templeton on April 21st, 2014

As I diligently prepare for its fourth year, the genesis of Cupcake Smash is worth telling. I come from a long line of Polish women who not only knew their way around a kitchen, but possess the inherent need to help others. This, coupled with my affection for competitive reality television of the culinary variety (I’m looking at you Candace Nelson and your fancy cupcake ATM), motivated me to bring my vision to life. The involvement of Philabundance seemed like a no-brainer. In my previous work life, I spent countless hours distributing an assortment of promotional samples to an abundance ...

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Philabundance Celebrates Volunteer Week

Posted by Michele Plaugic on April 8th, 2014

  Volunteers have a longstanding and enduring importance in our country, and 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is a nationwide initiative that strives to recognize and inspire volunteers across the country. Volunteers are at the forefront of enacting social change in their communities, making a tangible difference every day. Philabundance serves 75,000 people each week through its network of member food pantries, emergency kitchens and shelters across nine counties in the Delaware Valley. This could not be accomplished without the help of our 16,000 volunteers each year. From sorting and packing food in our warehouse ...

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A Labor of Love and Service

Posted by Jen Wright on March 31st, 2014

2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of AmeriCorps. Comprised of three main branches, including AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC), and AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA), AmeriCorps service members work on varied tasks throughout the US to “get things done for America.” From planting trees and restoring trails in national parks to tutoring children in schools across the country, more than 820,000 AmeriCorps service members have served for over a billion service hours, since the first AmeriCorps cohort entered the field in 1994. Since 2009, more than two-dozen VISTAs have served with Philabundance. Each full-time VISTA ...

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Working Together Is the Only Way to End Hunger

Posted by Bill Clark on March 1st, 2014

Some people believe that since hunger has been a scourge from biblical times, humankind can never really expect to end it. Maybe reducing it or maybe minimizing it is possible, but not really ending it. I fully disagree. The United States is the richest country in the world. We have learned how to abolish slavery, eliminate child labor and extend women the right to vote. Nowadays, a public or volunteer fire company will extinguish your house fire whether you are rich or poor. Our schools will educate your children whether you are rich or poor. An ambulance will take you ...

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