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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Taste of Spring: Market Vegetable Salad

Posted by on April 14th, 2015

Thanks to our friends at The Treemont, a new American restaurant in Rittenhouse Square, you can get a taste of spring by making this Market Vegetable Salad. Chef de Cuisine Rob Sidor shares, "We go to farmer's markets (Headhouse Square, Rittenhouse Square) throughout spring and summer to put the best seasonal produce" in front of their diners. Below is just one of many ways to work some green into your spring meals. Market Vegetable Salad, Young Lettuces, Champagne + Pine Nut Vinaigrette (serves 3-4 people) Market Vegetable Salad 1each beet, shaved 1ea radish, shaved 2ea green asparagus, cut 1", blanched 2ea white asparagus, cut 1", blanched 8ea baby carrots 1/2 cup ...

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Member Agencies Offer Help, and Hope

Posted by on April 10th, 2015

Crystal is an energetic single mom taking care of her six-year-old daughter, as well as the two sons of her friend who is living at a women’s shelter. She smiles when she talks about The Open Link, a Philabundance member agency, but when the conversation focuses on the need for food in her Montgomery County community, she becomes serious. “If it weren’t for places like this, a lot of people would starve. I wouldn’t have made it without this place in our community.” Crystal is unemployed and on public assistance and relies on The Open Link for resume help, job search services ...

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Holiday Recipe to Impress Your Guests

Posted by on December 11th, 2014

Thanks to our friends at Abe Fisher restaurant, we have a recipe to help you impress your guests this holiday season. You can make this potato pancake recipe by itself, or add a little pizazz with salmon, pickled beets and homemade boursin cheese. Potato Pancake (Latke) with Gin-Cured Salmon, Pickled Beets and Boursin Cheese The Latke Makes one big latke, cut into wedges to serve 2 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and grated 2 T of flour 2 ½ tsp salt 1 egg Combine all ingredients quickly, don’t overmix. Using a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat, fill hot pan halfway with oil. Let oil get hot (a dollop of the mix ...

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

Posted by 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 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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