West Philly Food Pantry Volunteer Sees Change in Those Served

Posted by Brittany Barbato on April 8th, 2016

Linda is a former data analyst with a keen eye for improving efficiencies (and a warm heart for making a difference). After being a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia for more than 40 years, she accepted an opportunity to run the church’s food distribution program, a Philabundance member agency, 16 years ago when she retired from her full-time position. Its Thursday food distribution alone serves approximately 300 people each week. Linda says over the years she and her team of dedicated volunteers – including her granddaughter, Linda Jr. Jr. – have seen a change in the individuals ...

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A Front Seat View of Hunger

Posted by Amanda White on March 31st, 2016

  As part of Philabundance’s new member orientation, employees have the opportunity to visit the majority of Philabundance’s innovative programs and initiatives developed since its inception in 1984. One especially unique experience is having the opportunity to “Ride Along” with one of our truck drivers to pick up and deliver food to those in need— which I did! Chris, one of our 10 drivers, and I, left Philabundance at 6 AM sharp and spent eight hours on the road. Our first stop was the Produce Interchange, a fully-refrigerated wholesale produce terminal that receives and sells hundreds of truckloads of fresh produce on a ...

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Scrambled Eggs Lead to Success for Philabundance Community Kitchen Grad

Posted by Brittany Barbato on March 28th, 2016

  Crack. Sizzle. Whisk. Voila! These are the sounds of Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) Graduate Steve Parr’s earliest memory of cooking. When Steve was just 6-years-old, his father taught him how to make scrambled eggs; he was in awe of how one could take something raw in a hard shell and turn it into something completely different, and delicious. Growing up in an underserved neighborhood in North Philadelphia meant life wasn’t always sunny-side up. Steve faced tough decisions throughout his childhood that left him feeling like there was no hope. After losing a job as a sales associate at Old Navy, his ...

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Chef Hugo Campos, Out of The Kitchen

Posted by Brittany Barbato on March 23rd, 2016

Name: Hugo Campos Philabundance Job Title: Chef Instructor, Philabundance Community Kitchen Where were you born? I was born in El Salvador, but moved to a suburb of Los Angeles when I was three years old. Are you fluent in Spanish? ¡Sí! How did you get involved in the culinary industry? When I was a teenager, I was offered a job in the dish pit by the restaurant manager who I am now proud to call my mentor. I fell in love with the people and environment of the restaurant, where I was able to move up to line cook when I was 18. I ...

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Produce and Perseverance in Paulsboro

Posted by Brittany Barbato on March 17th, 2016

An emergency medical technician, a single mother to three boys, a caring co-worker, a kind friend — Theresa is many things to many people, but she says a “quitter” is not one of them. Theresa had to separate from her husband after 27-years of marriage when he became addicted to drugs. Shortly thereafter, her mother passed away. She says her life seemed impossibly tough, but her kids inspired her to carry on. “I’m a single mom now with no family besides my kids. I’m just one person. It’s hard sometimes,” says Theresa. “But I’m not a quitter – I set goals and ...

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

Posted by Philabundance 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 Philabundance 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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