Meals or Bills? Mom Affords Both with Fresh For All

Posted by Philabundance on October 6th, 2016

Letitia is a single mom who suffers from epilepsy, a disorder that causes seizures. Although she has her GED and a medical assistant certification, securing a job is difficult as it’s hard to drive a vehicle. While Letitia’s disability benefits cover appointments with neurologists and her ongoing medication, it’s not enough to cover her other needs. “When you’re on a fixed income with a family, every dollar counts,” says Letitia. “Living expenses like utilities and rent are tough, not to mention groceries.” Thanks to Fresh For All in Glassboro, NJ, Letitia doesn’t have to choose whether to get her medication, feed her ...

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Veteran Finds Hope in Fair Prices and Fresh Food at Fare & Square

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 5th, 2016

Darren is a 51-year-old veteran whose ongoing fight with arthritis makes it hard for him to find work as a home health aide, which requires him to be on his feet a lot. In addition, he has to commute to South Philadelphia from Chester to care for his aging mother several days each week. While Darren receives some support from disability and SNAP, it’s not enough to cover his family’s rent, utility and medical bills, let alone food. Despite these struggles, he’s actively looking for new work while completing aquatic physical therapy so he can get healthier and continue to support his ...

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Hunger Heroes Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Ages!

Posted by Philabundance on September 30th, 2016

Hunger heroes come in all shapes and size – and ages! Take it from Kyseer Oliver, a 10-year-old who volunteers with his mom one night each month at our Hunger Relief Center, helping pack and sort food that goes to our neighbors in need. He loves volunteering… read on to find out why. Name: Kyseer Oliver Age: 10 Grade: 5th What do you do in your free time? Play outside with my friends, and play video games! What volunteer activity do you do? Packing food in boxes for Philabundance. Why do you volunteer? Because I like helping people. How do you feel when you volunteer? I feel ...

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American Airlines Helps Food Distribution Ideas Take Flight

Posted by Philabundance on September 27th, 2016

Written by Lindsey Ricker, Member Relations Assistant Manager Each year Feeding America, a network comprised of 200 food banks across the country, hosts several conferences focusing on different aspects of our industry. Food bankers gather to discuss best practices and strategies that will help us further our collective mission to end hunger. Last month, thanks to the generosity of American Airlines, I was fortunate enough to fly to Chicago and attend Feeding America’s three-day Agency Capacity, Program, and Nutrition conference. I heard from awe-inspiring keynote speakers, attended a variety of breakout sessions and was able to network with my peers who are ...

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Vote to End Hunger in This Presidential Election

Posted by Philabundance on September 26th, 2016

“[Voting] is your responsibility. If you want a free country, you got to speak up. If you don’t speak up, how do the representatives and senators know what to do? It’s not just a responsibility, it’s a privilege. We have a lot of say and we don’t use it” –Margaret, Philabundance Fresh For All Client Tuesday, September 27, is National Voter Registration Day—are you registered to vote? In light of the upcoming presidential election, we have partnered with POWER and The League of Women Voters to ensure our clients and Fare & Square customers are registered to vote. Only 54% of voters with ...

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Volunteer Says Ending Hunger Isn’t Just Right, It’s Necessary

Posted by Philabundance on September 13th, 2016

Growing up in Philadelphia, Annette remembers her parents always welcoming friends and family to share a meal in their home if they ever wanted or needed it. Her father, a construction worker and a man of very few words, would say, “you eat what we eat,” which meant they were welcome to whatever was in their cupboard. Annette says she was raised to always do what is right; and for her, volunteering to end hunger in the Delaware Valley is not only right, but also necessary. “Even though you don’t always see it, the people who volunteers help really are right here,” ...

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Representative Donna Bullock Visits Philabundance Community Kitchen

Posted by Philabundance on September 8th, 2016

Standing in a hallway stacked with 28-ounce cans of yams and crushed tomatoes at Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), State Representative Donna Bullock, D-Phila., whose district is home to PCK, shared that at one point she was on the other side of a soup kitchen. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of low-income adults through culinary arts while also supplying critically needed meals to agencies and area emergency kitchens, like the ones Rep. Bullock attended as a child. She recalls shuffling across town with her mother and grandmother to get food from soup kitchens and food pantries; in an effort to provide for the ...

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KidsBites LunchBox Intern Reflects on Summer Experience with Philabundance

Posted by Philabundance on August 29th, 2016

KidsBites LunchBox Intern Kayla Schieber shares her experience supporting our communities this summer: On one of my first days a client said, “Bless you for being here” to me, which was something I never heard at any of my previous jobs. That was just the first of many examples of how I learned the impact Philabundance has in the community! My name is Kayla and this summer I interned with Philabundance to help run the KidsBites LunchBox program, an initiative to help fill the Delaware Valley’s crucial summer meal gap by offering free and nutritious lunches to kids under 18-years-old, from May ...

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe from Philabundance Community Kitchen

Posted by Philabundance on August 25th, 2016

When Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) Chef Hugo teaches students to make this simple recipe, he always reminds them that cutting a pineapple starts with the core. "Make sure to cut the core out of the pineapple," says Chef. "If not, it can be tough and stringy." Keeping in mind this pro-tip, try our sweet recipe out and share your pictures with us! Ingredients (Serves 9) 1 sliced or diced pineapple 1/4 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup shortening or butter 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, none if using salted butter 3/4 cup milk 1 ...

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Your Gifts Help Students Thrive!

Posted by Philabundance on August 17th, 2016

September is Hunger Action Month – a time when we raise awareness about the prevalence of hunger in our area. Here, one in four people face hunger, while nationally the number is one in seven. We encourage you to take action by giving time, money or food — or spread the word that hunger is a dire issue and urge others to join in helping to solve it. As kids begin a new school year, free and reduced-price meals are once again available in the cafeteria. However, having enough to eat on evenings, weekends and holidays remains a struggle for many ...

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