A Note from Our Executive Director
As summer approaches, we begin to think about vacations we might take with our families, visiting friends, or perhaps going down the shore. I know it is a time for my wife and me to reconnect with my grown children who live in three different time zones across the United States. Our family looks forward to summer, as it is one of the only times we have the chance to spend a whole week together.
As a member of the Philabundance team, I know that summer is a difficult time for many families that we serve. Countless numbers of working parents are not eligible for paid leave from work. Good child care is hard to find — and it’s often prohibitively expensive. During the school year, over 300,000 children in the Delaware Valley are eligible to receive free and reduced price meals, but during the summer, meals for children become harder to obtain.
Philabundance does not receive government support for our summer programs for kids. We depend upon our generous donors to provide the necessary funds so we can distribute healthy food for our neighbors in need. For every dollar we raise, we can provide two meals to hungry children. The need is great, but the funds we receive can make a big difference to many families who have stretched budgets.
I hope that you will take the time to read some of the stories in this issue of The Feed. These are real stories about neighbors in our community and the challenges they face. I thank you in advance for taking the time to read, to learn, and to care so deeply about the issue of hunger. Most of all, thank you for your support.