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Local College Students Face Food Insecurity

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on October 20th, 2017

Written by Devin Hunter On Friday, October 13, 2017, West Chester University held a one year celebration and dedication for its Student Resource Pantry. The pantry started as a need identified by Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Tori Nuccio, when she found that a small population of students had no parental assistance. Beginning as a box under Mrs. Nuccio’s desk, it is now housed in the Student Health Services building.   West Chester isn’t the only school to open a pantry; College pantries are popping up at campuses across the country, including nearby University of Delaware and Rutgers, New Brunswick. While there is ...

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What do a caretaker and a grocery store have in common?

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on October 9th, 2017

Chester native Rashaadah Calhoun and Fare & Square grocery store have something in common—they both care for people and provide for families in the Chester community. Influenced by her mom who is a licensed practical nurse, Rashaadah developed a passion for caretaking at an early age. In high school, she volunteered for a daycare center, and was later hired to work there part-time where she played a vital role in the children’s development. She was so loved, the children would ask for her when she wasn’t there. Now a part-time caretaker and licensed cosmetologist, Rashaadah shops at Fare & Square, a nonprofit ...

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The SNAP Fight Continues…

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on October 9th, 2017

Unfortunately, this Thursday the House passed their 2018 budget resolution, which includes $10 billion in cuts to SNAP (food stamps) over ten years. Thankfully, this is just one step in the process and the fight to protect SNAP continues. We also want to thank our members of congress, representing the vast majority of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties, who voted against this budget and in support of the low-income families in our communities. We greatly appreciate them standing up and speaking out against these cuts – especially the republicans who voted against their party to help people in need. ...

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Forty Percent of Food in the US Goes to Waste

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on September 12th, 2017

(And 1 in 8 Americans go hungry) We at Philabundance are confronted daily by the upsetting paradox of an abundance of food waste, while at the same time, there is an abundance of hungry people across our community and the country. We and our committed volunteers glean at farms, rescue food from retail stores and the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market because we can’t bear to see perfectly good food rotting in the fields or being thrown away. Instead, we save this food to provide to those in need to help stave off hunger and diet-related diseases because they don’t have enough ...

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Your Gifts Help Provide Second Chances to Parents

Posted by Philabundance on August 15th, 2017

Troy is the head breakfast chef at a large, high-end hotel in Philadelphia. He’s warm, engaging and exceptionally talented in the kitchen. To meet Troy now, you’d never guess how far he’s come. After spending a decade in prison, Troy was ready to put his life back together for the good of his family. But first, he needed help securing gainful employment that paid more than minimum wage. “I was trying to figure out how I was going to take care of my three girls on $7.25 an hour,” he said. “That’s not a good feeling at all.” About five years ago, Troy ...

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Families Can Feed Their Kids, Thanks to You!

Posted by Philabundance on August 15th, 2017

Rich, like many of us, was taught that going to college would be the path to a better life. But long after completing his degree, he and his partner, Allison, have still found it difficult to afford their most basic expenses, like rent and food. The couple has three children – Bridgett, 2, Danny, 3, and Cecilia, 5. To avoid the additional cost of childcare, Rich works weekdays at a telecommunications job while Allison works retail on weekends. It’s not the ideal schedule for any family, but Rich and Allison feel it’s the best way to balance their financial obligations with ...

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Why Shannan’s Daughter Won’t Go Hungry

Posted by Philabundance on August 14th, 2017

Shannan, a mother of three, knows it doesn’t take a degree in nutrition to understand the benefits of healthy eating. For her, it’s just common sense. Yet when it comes to feeding her kids, there have been times when she and her husband have been unable to provide them with the nourishing food they need. “You try to eat healthy, but you can buy a case of cupcakes for less than apples and bananas,” Shannan said. This fall, Shannan’s youngest, also named Shannan, is returning to school. She’s 11 and has cerebral palsy, which her mom says makes good nutrition even more ...

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Young Philanthropists Give Back

Posted by Philabundance on August 14th, 2017

Mark Snyder is a Philadelphia native, educator and the father of twins, Jemmie and Ellie. A long-time hunger advocate since his days of teaching at-risk high schoolers, Mark was thrilled when his girls began to take an interest in serving their community. Mark said his extended family has been extremely generous to the girls. The idea struck him and his wife, a family doctor, that Jemmie and Ellie could use their birthday as an opportunity to give back. “When you are fortunate and have more than you need, there is a civic duty to learn how you can help others who don’t ...

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A Note from Our Executive Director

Posted by Philabundance on August 11th, 2017

In the Delaware Valley, three quarters of a million neighbors are at risk of going hungry, meaning they lack access to nutritious food on a regular basis. They may go to bed hungry some nights. One third of these individuals are children. This statistic is simply unacceptable. Research clearly shows that hunger, among other issues stemming from poverty, has a dramatic, negative effect on children, making it impossible for them to fulfill their potential. Hungry children are sick more often and are more likely to be hospitalized. They suffer from growth and other developmental impairments. They have more social and behavioral problems ...

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4th of July Holiday Notification

Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on June 30th, 2017

While Philabundance is closed for the July 4th holiday, if you need food assistance, please call 1-866-3-HUNGRY. For restaurateurs, caterers and other businesses who have excess food to donate, please reach out to our partner, Food Connect through its website foodconnectgroup.com.   Have a happy 4th of July!

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