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Week Four: Paula Thomason

Posted by Guest Blogger on June 25th, 2014

When you think of Haddonfield in Camden County, you may think wealthy suburb, but 4-percent of the town’s population lives in poverty. Not so long ago, Paula Thomason was married. She had 6 kids and a thriving real estate career. But then her marriage fell apart and the real estate bubble burst. “The amount of income that we get just so radically dropped,” said Paula. She lost her house and her real estate license when she couldn’t keep up with the fees, and started taking whatever jobs she could find. She now works part time at a jewelry store but her hours were ...

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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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Week Three: Joe Mitsouras

Posted by Patrice Bendig on June 11th, 2014

For Joe Mitsouras, the hours leading up to dinnertime were always filled with excitement. A time to cook together as a family and hear about what was going on in the lives of their six children. But when Joe lost his job two years ago, a time once devoted to food and family became one of daily uncertainty. Watch Joe's story on 6ABC's Faces of Hunger series, which originally aired in Fall 2012:    

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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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Spread the Love with Philabundance and Subaru!

Posted by Guest Blogger on February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day! Here at Philabundance, we can't think of a better way to celebrate this sweet and generous holiday than by helping families fight hunger through our February campaign, Spread the Love! Philabundance is teaming up with Subaru of America to collect as much peanut butter and jelly as possible through February 28th. For every “Like” Philabundance gets on Facebook, Subaru will donate one jar of peanut butter or jelly to Philabundance--one click of a button on Facebook helps feed our neighbors in need! So, why peanut butter and jelly? Peanut butter is in high demand with our families in need ...

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