A Note from Philabundance’s Newest Hunger Hero
Hello Philabundance blog-o-sphere!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Glenn Bergman and, as of June 1, I am the new Executive Director of Philabundance. This is my first blog post so you’ll have to let me know how I do.
In fact, listening is a big priority for me in this first month so I can better understand client, agency and partner needs, as well as how we can collaborate to create the strongest impact on hunger, together. I am going to spend a lot of time walking around all our facilities so I get to know everyone’s name and what they do. For an old guy like me, that will keep my mind working.
You may be interested to know that hunger hits close to home for me. Growing up in the mid-1950s, my family was food insecure for a few years. My mother tells the story that when she was a single mom and had to work to support my two brothers and me, she could barely make ends meet. She often went to the butcher on a Saturday to get free bones or any other products the butcher would give her (in the ‘50s there were no food banks).
Many mothers – and others – still face this same problem today, which is why organizations like Philabundance are critical to helping feed those in need… and why I am so proud to be a part of the mission to drive hunger from our communities today, and begin the movement to end hunger for good.
A recent national study on hunger reported Pennsylvania’s Congressional District 2, which includes parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, is in the top 10 for food insecurity in our country. This is unacceptable and, again, why the work we do at Philabundance is so important.
If you look around our website, you’ll learn Philabundance serves more than 90,000 people each week, in nine counties in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. We work with more than 400 agencies and also run our own programs such as Fresh for All, KidsBites, the Philabundance Community Kitchen and our non-profit grocery store, Fare & Square. In the last two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with some of our clients and agency partners to witness our impact firsthand.
However, as much as we do at Philabundance, the problem of food insecurity continues to grow. Hunger hits every zip code in America and impacts so many. I encourage you to join me in this fight against hunger. There are so many ways you can help:
I want to hear from you. I want to know your ideas; how you think we can work in conjunction with your community, company, faith-based organization or agency to meet our common goal of ending hunger, forever!