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A Struggling Parent Says Thank You

Posted by Philabundance on May 25th, 2016

Summer will be here before we know it, and siblings David, Isiah and Yamelette will be out of class for three months. When the last school bell rings, these kids will be worried. Like many of their classmates, David, Isiah and Yamelette rely on the school meal program for breakfast and lunch every weekday. But with the cafeteria closed, these meals won’t be available. Although their parents both have jobs, they’ve had some financial struggles that have made it hard to afford enough food on a regular basis. This has become more of a problem as their dad’s diabetes has caused him ...

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Your Gifts Help Feed A Family in Need

Posted by Philabundance on May 25th, 2016

Ginette is a hardworking single mom with two school-age children, Connor, 9, and Gwen, 16.* Lately, it’s been tough making ends meet, especially now that Ginette has to devote most of her time to caring for Gwen, who has been too ill to attend school. Despite these difficulties, Ginette tries to make the most of her situation. Because Gwen is still a couple of years from graduation, Ginette signed her daughter up for online high school courses so she doesn’t fall behind on her studies. Meanwhile, she does what she can to support Connor, who attends the local elementary school. But without ...

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A Family Won’t Miss Meals, Thanks to You

Posted by Philabundance on May 24th, 2016

Kareem and Shakeeda are proud parents of two school-age daughters — Yasmine and Mishaya – and their new baby, Kareem Jr. Ever since the baby was born, Kareem has been over the moon. While he admits having an infant can be challenging at times, Kareem says that the joy his son brings into his and Shakeeda’s home more than makes up for it. “He puts a smile on my face every day,” Kareem says, beaming. Because he wants to provide his family with the best life possible, Kareem has been in school studying information technology. With two months left until he receives his ...

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CANstruction 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner

Posted by Philabundance on May 24th, 2016

  Congratulations to PennFIRST, the 2016 CANstruction People's Choice Award winner! On behalf of Philabundance we thank ALL the creative, innovative and passionate teams for your time, talent and support. Your collective work this year provided us with 49,585 pounds of food, which is more than 10,000 pounds extra compared to last year-- what a generous and fitting total for the 10th CANniversary!

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You’re Helping Neighbors of All Ages

Posted by Glenn Bergman on May 16th, 2016

Wow, time really flies doesn’t it? In just a few weeks, it’ll be summer, and if you spend any time around children, you know what that means — they’re already counting down the days until school’s out. But three months out of school isn’t good news for every kid. Because more than 300,000 children in our 9-county service area rely on free or reduced-price meal programs during the school year, boys and girls from struggling families could be in trouble this summer. Without access to regular breakfasts and lunches, they won’t have the energy to run and play. And when the ...

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Chef Hugo’s Philabundance Rice Pudding Recipe

Posted by Brittany Barbato on May 12th, 2016

According to the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, consuming three daily servings of low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt is “an easy way for families to get a powerful punch of nutrients to help build stronger bones and healthy bodies and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” Want to ensure all families have access to fresh milk? Support our Fill a Glass with Hope campaign, while also enjoying PCK Chef Hugo's rice pudding recipe that makes for a legen-“DAIRY” treat! Chef Hugo’s Rice Pudding (serves 6) Ingredients 1 quart whole milk 1 cup short-grain or long-grain white rice 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond ...

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Ginger Carrot Soup with Roasted Peanut: A PCK Graduate Recipe

Posted by Brittany Barbato on May 6th, 2016

Philabundance Community Kitchen Graduate Steve Parr’s first dish was scrambled eggs. With the skills and knowledge from his work in our program, today Steve is planning to open his own hospitality service in Brewerytown. Plus, he cooks up tasty recipes like this carrot soup with toasted sesame seeds! Carrot Soup with Toasted Sesame Ingredients 7 carrots 5 cloves of garlic 1 onion ½ cup Ginger 3 cups water 3 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Steve notes: "Let’s go with some heat here!”) Salt and pepper (“Of course! And to taste.”) 2 tablespoons of fresh Cilantro Peanuts (roasted) Instructions Clean and peel carrots, slice into ¼ inch slices. Clean and peel ginger, slice into ¼ ...

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Sean and Charlie: A Father-Son Duo Tackle Hunger

Posted by Brittany Barbato on May 2nd, 2016

Thursday, April 28, was National Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Community Capacity Building Manager Sean Breslin reflects on the experience of sharing his work with his son, Charlie: At home we’ve talked about what I do at work and what Philabundance does for the Delaware Valley, but no amount of breakfast table discussion can compare to having your child at your side supporting the community. So when I received a permission slip for Take Your Child to Work Day, I made plans to bring my 7-year-old son Charlie to Philabundance. Charlie and I left school around lunch time and ...

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Redemption Through Cooking

Posted by Stefanie Arck on April 26th, 2016

Richard K. went from being a successful entertainment lawyer to an inmate at Fort Dix Prison to a pastry chef at award-winning Zahav restaurant all within five years. He credits Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) for propelling him to where he is today. “I don't think I would have landed on my feet as quickly as I did without PCK.” In 2011, Richard was sentenced to five years at Fort Dix, a low-security federal prison in New Jersey, after being arrested for manufacturing marijuana. Prison life is extremely regimented; Richard was told when to eat, sleep and exercise, and while he had a ...

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It Takes a Village: Lessons on Volunteering from a Retired Educator

Posted by Brittany Barbato on April 20th, 2016

  Christine (Chris) Dziczek is a retired New Jersey Regional High School educator who taught Health and Physical Education and directed the athletic program for 37 years. Here is Chris’s story about why giving back is important, in her own words: I’ve always been a people person and I needed to fill a void in my life after I retired. I knew I wanted to volunteer now that I had the time, but wasn’t quite sure where to start. Each Thanksgiving, my nephew and his wife always talked about WMMR’s Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger which benefits Philabundance. This inspired ...

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