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Volunteer Says Ending Hunger Isn’t Just Right, It’s Necessary

Posted by Philabundance on September 13th, 2016

Growing up in Philadelphia, Annette remembers her parents always welcoming friends and family to share a meal in their home if they ever wanted or needed it. Her father, a construction worker and a man of very few words, would say, “you eat what we eat,” which meant they were welcome to whatever was in their cupboard. Annette says she was raised to always do what is right; and for her, volunteering to end hunger in the Delaware Valley is not only right, but also necessary. “Even though you don’t always see it, the people who volunteers help really are right here,” ...

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Representative Donna Bullock Visits Philabundance Community Kitchen

Posted by Philabundance on September 8th, 2016

Standing in a hallway stacked with 28-ounce cans of yams and crushed tomatoes at Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), State Representative Donna Bullock, D-Phila., whose district is home to PCK, shared that at one point she was on the other side of a soup kitchen. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of low-income adults through culinary arts while also supplying critically needed meals to agencies and area emergency kitchens, like the ones Rep. Bullock attended as a child. She recalls shuffling across town with her mother and grandmother to get food from soup kitchens and food pantries; in an effort to provide for the ...

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KidsBites LunchBox Intern Reflects on Summer Experience with Philabundance

Posted by Philabundance on August 29th, 2016

KidsBites LunchBox Intern Kayla Schieber shares her experience supporting our communities this summer: On one of my first days a client said, “Bless you for being here” to me, which was something I never heard at any of my previous jobs. That was just the first of many examples of how I learned the impact Philabundance has in the community! My name is Kayla and this summer I interned with Philabundance to help run the KidsBites LunchBox program, an initiative to help fill the Delaware Valley’s crucial summer meal gap by offering free and nutritious lunches to kids under 18-years-old, from May ...

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe from Philabundance Community Kitchen

Posted by Philabundance on August 25th, 2016

When Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) Chef Hugo teaches students to make this simple recipe, he always reminds them that cutting a pineapple starts with the core. "Make sure to cut the core out of the pineapple," says Chef. "If not, it can be tough and stringy." Keeping in mind this pro-tip, try our sweet recipe out and share your pictures with us! Ingredients (Serves 9) 1 sliced or diced pineapple 1/4 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup shortening or butter 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, none if using salted butter 3/4 cup milk 1 ...

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Your Gifts Help Students Thrive!

Posted by Philabundance on August 17th, 2016

September is Hunger Action Month – a time when we raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in our area. Here, one in four people face hunger, while nationally the number is one in seven. We encourage you to take action by giving time, money or food — or spread the word that hunger is a dire issue and urge others to join in helping to solve it. As kids begin a new school year, free and reduced-price meals are once again available in the cafeteria. However, having enough to eat on evenings, weekends and holidays remains a struggle for many ...

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Because You Give, Yolanda’s Kids Have Food

Posted by Philabundance on August 17th, 2016

This fall, Yesica, 9, will be entering fifth grade.* She and her two siblings just can’t wait to meet their new teachers and see their friends again after the long summer break. Yesica is especially excited about school this year, as she recently decided she wants to be a therapist when she grows up, and knows that doing well in school is the first step in meeting her dream. But she won’t succeed in her classes without regular access to healthy food. Fortunately, Yesica can depend on breakfast and lunch each weekday through the free meal program at school. But during evenings ...

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Thanks to You, Nadia is Prepared to Succeed!

Posted by Philabundance on August 16th, 2016

This fall, Nadia is beginning fourth grade at Lowell Elementary. She’s giddy with excitement about the new school year. In order to succeed in the classroom, Nadia needs regular access to healthy food — including plenty of fruits and vegetables — to help her focus. But sometimes, she and her siblings are at risk of missing meals, as their grandparents are raising them on a very tight budget. Nadia’s grandmother, Antonette, says stretching her husband’s paycheck from his maintenance job to include rent, utilities and enough healthy food for her grandchildren can be a challenge. Antonette can often only afford cheaper, less-nutritious ...

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Your Gifts Provide Needed Food to Our Neighbors!

Posted by Philabundance on August 16th, 2016

Each time you give to Philabundance, you’re doing so much more than providing food — you’re giving hope to children and families in the Delaware Valley. Al’s story is just one example of how your generosity affects the lives of those struggling to put food on the table this fall. Al and Victoria are caring parents to four school-aged children — their youngest, Taylor, 11, just started sixth grade.* Al is constantly concerned about his kids’ performance in the classroom. He knows they need healthy food to be able to focus on their studies, but lately, it’s been difficult to afford ...

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Q&A with Volunteer Carol Williamson

Posted by Philabundance on August 11th, 2016

Name: Carol Williamson Age: 60 How did you get involved with gleaning? My husband and I have long been financial supporters of Philabundance. In the late spring of 2014, we got one of the periodic mailings describing Philabundance projects. There was a blurb about gleaning and the independent toy store where I worked had recently closed so I was looking for new ways to volunteer. Being outdoors, picking vegetables and thereby helping others sounded very attractive. The sign-up process was super easy and the farm was a simple 30-minute drive from my house so I decided to give it a try... 2016 ...

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Elected Officials Send Hunger Packing During Democratic National Convention

Posted by Philabundance on August 4th, 2016

“If our elected officials will support policies benefiting our most vulnerable populations—including children and seniors—the way they’re supporting our food distribution efforts today, perhaps we can find a collaborative solution to ending hunger,” said Philabundance Executive Director, Glenn Bergman. During the Democratic National Convention, Philabundance teamed up with Feeding America—an organization that works to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks—to host “Send Hunger Packing,” an opportunity for elected officials and policymakers to learn more about food insecurity as well as local and national hunger-relief efforts while volunteering in our warehouse! The event was attended by PA State ...

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