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Fridays with Philabundance: Retired Engineer Volunteers Weekly in the Warehouse

Posted by Kali Hamilton on March 23rd, 2017

Written by Michael Schaffer Tom McGinn learned long ago what community help can mean to a family. When Tom was 3, his father was diagnosed with throat cancer. The elder McGinn survived, but his illness strained the resources of the family of five children and two adults. Their Southwest Philadelphia parish, St. Barnabas, chipped in donations of food, clothes and money to help out.  Now 69 and retired after 47 years as a mechanical engineer, Tom cites the experience as part of the reason he volunteers with Philabundance. Question:   When did you begin volunteering for Philabundance? Answer: 2014. February I think it was, ...

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Older Neighbors, Like Kat, Access Quality Food

Posted by Philabundance on March 2nd, 2017

When Kat, 68, transitioned to a fixed income three years ago, she began having a hard time affording food on top of her insurance costs and medical expenses. Kat worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years and loved her job as the director of grants for a local community college. “I was planning on working for a while,” she says. But due to a chronic medical condition, over time, Kat was no longer healthy enough to keep working and eventually retired. Making her monthly Social Security checks stretch to include healthy groceries became a challenge for Kat — nutritious produce was simply ...

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Irving and Mary Help Provide a Food Safety Net

Posted by Philabundance on March 2nd, 2017

Caring friends choose to help drive hunger from our communities for a variety of reasons. Some can’t stand the idea of their fellow neighbor going hungry, others feel a moral duty to help provide access to consistent nutrition. For people like Irving and Mary Tyler, generosity stems from personal experience. During Irving’s early childhood, his parents worked multiple jobs to provide for their growing family, and sometimes skipped meals so he and his sister could eat. Mary grew up in a large family near the Texas-Mexico border and remembers how hard her parents worked to stretch their food budget with big, ...

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Letter from Glenn

Posted by Philabundance on March 1st, 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already well underway! I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for your support this past holiday season. Thanks to generous friends like you, families throughout the Delaware Valley were able to celebrate the holidays together around an abundant table. During the winter months, we turn our attention to the needs of senior citizens and others living on fixed incomes. After decades of work, life and countless contributions to our society, older adults should be able to relax and enjoy their golden years. But health issues, costly medications and other expenses — like ...

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Your Partnership is Changing Local Lives for the Better

Posted by Philabundance on March 1st, 2017

“It’s truly a blessing,” Henry says of the Philabundance member agency,  Bristol Borough Community Action Group, Inc. “We can’t get out because of my condition... it’s a big help.” While serving our country in Iraq, Henry was wounded twice in the line of duty and received a Purple Heart. As a result of his injuries, Henry now has paralysis on his right side and uses a wheelchair. With limited mobility, a small fixed income and two teenagers — Tiffany and Yasir — he was struggling to afford his monthly expenses. Fortunately, Henry was connected with help and hope when he needed them most. ...

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Volunteer to Help Feed Hungry Kids

Posted by Stefanie Arck on February 21st, 2017

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is located in Philadelphia’s first congressional district, where 25% of children are food-insecure. Kids often come in for doctor’s appointments hungry, which is exacerbated by wait times. Those with appointments during the school year are likely to miss at least one of the free meals they receive at school.  To help alleviate this problem, Philabundance is expanding our successful KidsBites Lunchbox program to include distributions at St. Christopher’s. Beginning in February 2017, the program will provide meals to patients, and their siblings, at the St. Chris Center for the Urban Child (CUC). Kids under 18 years of ...

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For the Fisher-Murphy Household, Volunteering is a Family Affair

Posted by Kali Hamilton on February 17th, 2017

Written by Michael Schaffer It isn’t exactly family board game night or movie night, but volunteering at Philabundance is definitely a family event for Keri Fisher, her husband Matt Murphy and their three kids. Four or five times a year, Keri, Matt and their offspring – Declan Murphy, 12; Ronan Murphy, 10, and Molly Murphy, 8 – head to South Philly from their home in Bryn Mawr  to work a shift at the Philabundance warehouse in South Philly. Recently, Keri talked about the importance of Philabundance to her family. Question: How do the kids like volunteering at Philabundance? Answer: They love it.  I think it’s ...

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From Homeless to Business Owner Thanks to PCK

Posted by Philabundance on February 1st, 2017

Amanda Dobbs’ life was never stable: she was raised by a single mother on welfare; her family was constantly moving; and when her mom was in a severe car crash, Amanda had to care for her family at nine years old. Throughout her life, Amanda battled with depression. For a period of time, she was institutionalized for depression and lost her home after being unable to pay rent with her husband. But cooking changed everything. Through a friend of a friend, Amanda learned about Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), a 14-week adult culinary arts vocational training program that promotes the self-sufficiency of low-income ...

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2016 Hunger Fighting Highlights YOU Made Possible (Infographic)

Posted by Philabundance on January 31st, 2017

2016 was a fantastic year thanks to YOU. We look forward to working together towards an even better one for 2017 – learn how you can help. http://bit.ly/2jhvJh7

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Philabundance’s Jose Vargas on Service with a Smile

Posted by Stefanie Arck on December 22nd, 2016

Meet Jose Vargas, coordinator of Fresh for All – our free farmer’s market – and one of the friendliest faces a volunteer could encounter at Philabundance. How did you get started at Philabundance? I started as a Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) student in 2001. After graduating the program, I was offered a full time position at PCK. So my first time here was 5-6 years working as the staff cook supervisor and I was also supervising the mass meal production with about 5 guys. I came back to Philabundance in 2011 to work at the Community Food Center, a food pantry Philabundance ...

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