War on Poverty Anniversary

Posted by on January 17th, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America”. This “War on Poverty” led to the creation of some of our nation’s most important social welfare programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start. In addition, the Food Stamp program (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was formalized and expanded, and America’s housing assistance system began to take shape. Taking stock of the War on Poverty’s efforts, it is clear that, while poverty has certainly not been defeated in America, many battles have been won. According to research from Columbia University, poverty rates fell from 26% ...

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Rising in the (North)east

Posted by on December 30th, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new data from its 2012 American Community Survey, spanning the five year period from 2008 to 2012. Covering the bulk of the Recession and its aftermath, this data reveals much about how poverty has grown and shifted form over the past several years in our region. Poverty in general has increased—13.1% of Pennsylvanians lived in poverty over the past five years, compared with 11.6% in 2007. In the city of Philadelphia, poverty levels rose at a similar rate, from 24.5% to 26.2%. While these numbers are unfortunate, they are not surprising. More startling is the ...

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Fight Hunger for Your End of Year Giving!

Posted by on December 19th, 2013

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season. From parties to last minute shopping, it seems that there is not enough time to complete everything on our to-do lists. But if you are looking to give back to those in need this holiday season, Philabundance has a variety of ways you can help fight hunger that will fit right into your busy schedule. Making an impact has never been easier. Check out the ways you can fight hunger here:   Connect with 6abc: 6abc is proud to provide a continued ...

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A Great Turn Out for Camp Out for Hunger 2013!

Posted by on December 10th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger has come and gone! 2013 was a special year for the event, ushering new changes to the annual week-long food drive and fundraiser. WMMR’s Preston and Steve set up their RV and camped out at XFINITY Live! at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia this year, where they broadcasted their morning show from Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 5. Throughout the week, our supporters and WMMR listeners came down to Camp Out each day ready to fight hunger. Supporters were able to purchase bags ...

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Get Into The Giving Spirit On #GivingTuesday!

Posted by on November 26th, 2013

Get into the giving spirit by joining Philabundance in the fight against hunger for #GivingTuesday on December 3. This national movement encourages people to  give back to their communities as part of the holiday season—and at Philabundance, we have made fighting hunger in the Delaware Valley easier than ever. Take part in #GivingTuesday and help Philabundance raise 20,000  meals for  neighbors like the Klopp family and Thomason family, who recently shared their stories with 6ABC. Philabundance needs your support more than ever before because of the increased needs of families struggling with hunger. Over the last month, steep cuts in the ...

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Shine a Light on Hunger This Holiday Season

Posted by on November 11th, 2013

The holiday season growing up was both magical and terrifying as my family at times struggled with food insecurity. There were times when I went without food as the holiday season drew closer and closer. However, as the holiday season came upon us, food was made available to us via donations by family, friends and people within our neighborhood. With limited food stamp benefits, it was hard for my mother to support a family of four with no job, as she was too sick to work. Although, food was not always consistently available throughout the year, my mother always went above ...

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SNAP Cuts Leave Local Families and Neighbors Struggling

Posted by on October 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together over a hearty meal and reflect on the past year’s blessings and challenges. But this November, many American families will have a much harder time putting food on the table. The increases in SNAP/Food Stamp benefits (also known as Food Stamps) provided by the “stimulus package” (the 2009 American Reinvestment & Recovery Act, or ARRA) will expire on November 1, leading to a SNAP cliff of across-the-board cuts to all recipients. In 2012, there were 259,741 households in the Delaware Valley receiving SNAP benefits. A household of four will lose $36 per ...

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What’s Your Recipe for Making a Difference?

Posted by on September 23rd, 2013

As a chef, my world revolves around food. While at work, I am constantly striving to create new dishes, keep up-to-date with food trends and working with my staff to maintain high levels of quality. When I’m not working, I’m usually figuring out where to eat, to keep the steady stream of inspiration flowing. For myself, and many of my friends, the idea of not knowing if you will be having a meal that day, would be a very new and scary experience. Coming from a small mid-western town of 9,000 people it makes me take a step back to think ...

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Perspectives on Hunger: Overcoming the odds to pursue a dream

Posted by on September 9th, 2013

A large part of my childhood was spent battling hunger, food insecurity, poverty and sometimes homelessness. When people ask me how growing up in those circumstances impacted my life, I tell them that it made me someone I would not have otherwise been. I spent many days hungry, scared and not knowing where my next meal would come from or where I might be living on a particular day.  When I was young I didn't understand what was happening to my family but I knew that it wasn't how people were supposed to live. It felt like sometimes the world had ...

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Philabundance VISTAs: Making an Impact

Posted by on August 6th, 2013

Over the past year, Philabundance was very fortunate to have six AmeriCorps VISTAs working in several departments.  I sat down to speak with my fellow VISTAs to ask them, “what impact do you feel you made on the community during your AmeriCorps service with Philabundance?” I sat down with Jennifer Wright, our former Policy and Planning VISTA in the Government Relations Department. During her VISTA year at Philabundance, she assisted those working on local, state, and national levels in the fight against hunger. She also worked with the National CSFP Association to create a nationwide report on seniors’ access to federal ...

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