Working Together to Strengthen Our Community: AmeriCorps VISTA Position Now Available

Posted by Brittany Barbato on March 11th, 2016

One in four people in Philadelphia faces food insecurity. An alarming half of the children in poverty – nearly one in five of the city’s children – live in deep poverty. The recent economic crisis is still very much a reality for many families in our region. An estimated 700 Philadelphia food pantries and soup kitchens which provide food for hundreds of thousands of people each year are working hard to make an impact in hunger in our communities, but in order to end hunger, we need to do it together. This summer, SHARE Food Program, Philabundance and The Coalition Against Hunger ...

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4 Ways Frozen Foods May Help Save Time and Add Nutrients to Your Next Meal

Posted by Brittany Barbato on March 4th, 2016

Frozen foods can be a great way to save time in the kitchen and eat a healthy meal if you know what to shop for and how to cook it! Check out the following five tips to learn more. Plus, keep an eye out for Fare & Square's current prices of each item in parentheses. Frozen plain veggies like peas (16oz. IGA Green Peas, $1.69) and spinach (14oz. IGA chopped spinach, $1.19) can be very versatile — toss them right into pasta, soups or stews to add extra color and nutrients to your meal. Frozen fruit like strawberries (16oz. Dole Whole Strawberries, ...

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5th Graders Spread The Love in 2nd PB&J Food Drive

Posted by Brittany Barbato on February 17th, 2016

A press conference scheduled to celebrate the Spread The Love campaign and welcome 5th graders from Bethany Christian School who collected peanut butter and jelly for Philabundance was cancelled due to inclement weather. Student Kayla Everett shares why her class wanted to collect PB&J, when they first came up with the idea and how giving back makes her feel: My name is Kayla Everett and I’m in 5th grade at Bethany Christian School. My class was super bummed that we could not come to Philabundance today because of all the crazy ice and rain– but this is what I was planning ...

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Philabundance Community Kitchen’s Braised Short Ribs Recipe

Posted by Brittany Barbato on January 21st, 2016

This short ribs recipe, provided by our new Philabundance Community Kitchen Chef Instctor Hugo Campos, calls for a standard braising technique our students will learn in the program this semester. Test it out in your own kitchen and let it warm you up this winter! Classic Braised Short Ribs Ingredients 5 pound bone-in beef short ribs* cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3T vegetable oil 4c low-salt beef stock 3 medium onions, chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 3T all-purpose flour** 1T tomato paste 3c stock of choice 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley 8 sprigs thyme 4 sprigs oregano 2 sprigs rosemary 2 fresh or dried bay leaves 1 ...

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Heat or Eat? Clients Face Tough Choices During Winter Months

Posted by Brittany Barbato on January 19th, 2016

Amanda was born and raised in Chester, PA; a wife, mother, grandmother and retired nurse’s aide, she worked the majority of her life until her rheumatoid arthritis became debilitating and her husband passed away, leaving her facing financial challenges. Today, to ease the burden of her utility and medical bills, Amanda relies on Philabundance, and its non-profit grocery store in Chester, Fare & Square, for food resources. She shares that while they help her “to survive,” some seniors may not seek support for fear of humiliation. "I think a lot of seniors are just afraid to say anything because they get ...

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2015 Hunger Fighting Highlights YOU Made Possible (Infographic)

Posted by Brittany Barbato on January 8th, 2016

As you can see YOU made an impact in 2015 and, with your continued support, we will collectively continue to drive hunger from our communities in 2016! Here are some ideas on how to get started, and many thanks again from all of us at Philabundance.

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6 Ways to Keep Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions with Philabundance

Posted by Brittany Barbato on January 5th, 2016

Get fit. Find a new job. Learn something new. Give back. Save money. Enjoy life. These are just a few of the many resolutions made at the beginning of each year. And we’ve got some options to help you get there! Check out these six ways to start your New Year on the right foot with Philabundance: Eat healthier while saving money on groceries: Fare & Square, our nonprofit grocery store in Chester, offers great deals on all your grocery needs. Sign up for Carrot Club, a free membership program, and be rewarded for making healthy choices; purchase produce and get ...

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Philabundance Holiday Schedule 2015

Posted by Brittany Barbato on December 23rd, 2015

Please note the following holiday hours for Philabundance: December 24 and 25: Philabundance closed December 28 to 30: No deliveries; Fresh For All sites closed December 31 to January 1: Philabundance closed If you need immediate food assistance, please call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479) or visit our Food Resources page. Our regular hours and operations will resume on Monday, January 4.

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Mindfulness Amidst Holiday Busyness: A Proud Mother’s Note on Child’s Food Drive

Posted by Brittany Barbato on December 15th, 2015

Jessica, mother and owner of a local handmade toy store, and her 7-year-old daughter Layla remind us of the intangible gifts we can share this holiday season like kindness, compassion, gratitude and generosity:  Thinking about the season ahead. The chaos. The busyness. The ‘My Christmas List’ attitude. As I considered ways to incorporate more kindness and mindfulness into our countdown — ways to teach friendship and love – during a trip through our local grocery store my 7-year-old, Layla, told me she wanted to give food to people in our neighborhood who may need some this holiday. When we got home we ...

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Camp Out For Hunger 2015 ROCKED!

Posted by Brittany Barbato on December 8th, 2015

The 93.3 WMMR Preston and Steve Show and their listeners have helped us "can" hunger for the last 19 years. This video is a token of our gratitude for EVERONE who helped us raise more than 1 MILLION pounds of food this year, which totally ROCKED our warehouse! We want to offer a BIG, heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of individuals and corporations who donated to help feed those in need, including the Business Challenge Winners, Subaru, Ziegler’s, Fred Beans and Classic CoachWorks. Missed Camp Out but still want to support us?         Every $1 donated = 2 meals to help feed our ...

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