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Philabundance Volunteer Finds Friends and Fun in Warehouse

Posted by Kali Hamilton on April 28th, 2017

For Philabundance volunteer and Elkins Park resident, Susannah Gale, volunteering at the Hunger Relief Center is a fun and impactful use of time during her gap year between high school and college. Recently, Susannah Gale spoke about her experience with the Philabundance team and why she keeps coming back. Question: How old are you? A: I’m nineteen currently. I turn twenty in the fall and am freaking out a little about the reality of being in my 20s so soon. Q: How did you start volunteering with Philabundance? I’m in the middle of taking a gap year between high school and college. I didn’t ...

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A Thank You to Volunteers from Kali Hamilton, Philabundance Volunteer Coordinator

Posted by Kali Hamilton on April 28th, 2017

For National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Kali Hamilton, Philabudance’s volunteer coordinator, shares some of her favorite memories and the perks of working so closely with our volunteers and hunger heroes. Question: Introduce yourself! Answer: I am Philabundance’s Volunteer Coordinator and have been for over two years! During National Volunteer Appreciation Week this year I wanted to personally thank the thousands of amazing volunteers we have the pleasure of working with.  Q: Can you explain a little more about your position? A: My main role as volunteer coordinator is to manage most of the day to day administration of shift scheduling and communication. If you’ve ...

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Working Single Mom Finds Help At Fresh For All

Posted by Philabundance on April 26th, 2017

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Theresa. After the heartbreak of separating from her husband of nearly 30 years, Theresa tragically lost her mother, as well. Through all of this, Theresa remains hopeful. But as a single mother to her three sons, she sometimes struggles to buy groceries due to her stressed financial situation. Although she works as an emergency medical technician, Theresa doesn’t always make enough money to cover her family’s basic expenses. And when her son Lucas, 10, is out of school for summer vacation, she’ll need to cover the expense of two more meals each ...

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Broccoli and Apples Help A New Jersey Family Grow Healthy and Strong

Posted by Philabundance on April 24th, 2017

“When you’re on a fixed income, every dollar counts,” Leticia says. She knows from experience. Leticia has epilepsy, and though she’s a certified nurse’s assistant, she’s not able to work due to her disorder. That means her only income for the past few years has been small disability checks. Making her budget stretch to provide for her children, ages 3 to 14, is often a struggle. Leticia cuts expenses where she can, but ensuring the kids have access to good nutrition is important to her. Fresh foods like fruits and vegetables strengthen her own health, too, but are usually too expensive to ...

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A Note from Our Executive Director

Posted by Philabundance on April 21st, 2017

Dear Friend, 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 ...

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One Family Sets an Example of Service

Posted by Philabundance on April 18th, 2017

Why play a board game or go to the movies when you can spend family night at Philabundance? That’s how Keri Fisher and her husband, Matt Murphy, feel about working in the Philabundance warehouse with their three children Declan, Ronan and Molly. Once a month, they head down to South Philly from their home in Bryn Mawr for a family volunteer shift at the Hunger Relief Center on South Galloway Street. Keri says the kids, ages 12, 10 and 8, love the work and have fun while doing something good for their neighbors. Keri and Matt, like so many thoughtful parents, want ...

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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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