Marnie Basick, Manna on Main Street Client

Posted by Philabundance on October 25th, 2016

  Marnie is a smart and creative native New Yorker, who likes to write songs and poetry and has a BA from Penn State and Master’s degree from Arcadia University. She’s also on disability and goes to a local pantry for food and other support. Marnie has faced a lot of adversity in her life. Her mother passed away when she was 15 and five other family members died within a year of her passing. It looked like the tide was turning when she got into Queens College but she had crippling depression and other mental health issues that forced her to ...

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PCK Graduate Finds Support in Food, Farming and Faith

Posted by Brittany Barbato on October 19th, 2016

On a sunny day in September, Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) Graduate Kevin is standing between two long rows of plant beds created from converted pallets and painted in vibrant hues of yellow, green and red. Sunflowers, vines of veggies and a full-size fig tree stretch over him, casting scattered havens of shade. In the distance, Hahnemann Hospital and the Drexel Medicine building peek out between climbing columns of squash blossoms. Kevin is on the urban farm he helped build while living at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a Philabundance Member Agency and community organization that supports the physical and spiritual needs of ...

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Los alimentos significan reunir a la familia para una voluntaria y cliente

Posted by Philabundance on October 13th, 2016

Note: You can click here to read the English version of this story or select your preferred language from the "Translate this page" drop-down menu in the top-right corner of our website. Vistiendo con orgullo una camiseta de Philabundance que dice “VOLUNTARIO”, Marisela ayuda a descargar cajas y preparar todo para Fresh For All, nuestra distribución gratuita de productos frescos que tiene lugar todos los viernes en South Philadelphia. Poco antes de que comience cada distribución, Marisela recoge su parte de los alimentos y la aparta a un lado. Es imposible no ver la sonrisa de Marisela, radiante de mejilla a ...

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Partnership with Urban Farm Helps Feed Those in Need

Posted by Philabundance on October 11th, 2016

Recently, Food Drive Coordinator Elizabeth went out into the field to meet with new Philabundance partners Novick Family Urban Farm and Grow Philly. Hear from her about how, together, we’re helping feed those in need: One of the reasons I love working for Philabundance is the deep roots we have in the community, not just to alleviate hunger today, but to ultimately eliminate hunger forever. This is also why I am so excited about our new partnership with the Novick Family Urban Farm whose own focus is on reducing hunger in the neighborhood they serve (South Philly), as well as promoting healthy ...

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Ms. Tish’s Sweet Squash Pie Recipe

Posted by Philabundance on October 6th, 2016

Try this simple but tasty butternut squash pie recipe from Letitia, a Fresh For All Client and single mom who says getting kids to like veggies isn't as hard as it seems. “People think kids won’t eat fruits and veggies, but they do! They just need to get used to seeing them, which is why I cook most of our foods from scratch and appreciate Philabundance helping us incorporate those good vitamins into our diet.” Ingredients 2 large butternut squash 2 frozen pie crusts 1 stick of butter 1 cup of brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk 1/2 can of evaporated milk Cinnamon Nutmeg Directions -Preheat over to ...

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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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