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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An Inside Look at Camp Out for Hunger: Q&A with 93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve

Posted by Brittany Barbato on December 3rd, 2015

When it comes to the issue of hunger, what inspired you to take action? Preston Elliot: It’s a basic need. People have to eat, and too many don’t. Steve Morrison: Sometimes it’s as easy as just a small chain of unfortunate events that leave you needing food assistance. When I look at my own life and realize it’s a possibility— it’s terrifying. Where did the idea for “Camp Out” come from? Did you really camp out somewhere? Steve: Camp Out for Hunger originated when the show was on Y100. Our team collaboratively brainstormed the idea to literally “camp” outside for a good cause— and ...

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Where, When and How to Donate Your Turkey this Holiday Season

Posted by Brittany Barbato on November 20th, 2015

Thinking about donating a turkey or ham to a family in need this holiday season? Here are the top three things you need to know now: Turkeys and hams must be hard-frozen in order for us to accept your donation. You can drop-off your turkey at either of our Philabundance warehouse locations, Berks (302 West Berks Street) or South Philadelphia (3616 South Galloway Street), between 7AM and 3PM. Your donation will be distributed to one of our 400 member agencies (i.e. soup kitchen, food pantry) who help us serve more than 90,000 people each week. Can’t donate a turkey but still want to support our ...

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Turkey Talk: How to Discuss Hunger at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Posted by Brittany Barbato on November 16th, 2015

For many, Thanksgiving is a time centered on food, family and tradition. Nostalgia and aromas of pumpkin spice waft through the air, reminding each family member of special times past and hopes for a full future. What happens in your home after the turkey is roasted, the yams are on the table and everyone is gathered ‘round? Do you give thanks? Say a prayer? Talk about the big game? This year, consider these five dinner table conversation starters and stats to help family and friends better understand the cause you care about: Let’s eat! Food is a basic human right, and yet 750,000 ...

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Fresh Look: Fresh For All Program Offering Free Produce to Community

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 29th, 2015

Our Fresh For All program is like a traveling farmers market, setting up at the same location every week — on the same day and at the same time — so local residents can rely on the availability of a selection of fresh produce throughout the year. Many clients are also volunteers, enjoying the opportunity to support and engage with their fellow community members while also receiving free produce from the program. Here’s a quick glance at what a few of our current clients, volunteers and staff have to say about their experience with Fresh For All:           This program wouldn't be possible ...

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