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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Senior Citizens Facing Food Insecurity Crisis

Posted by 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 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 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 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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