KidsBites LunchBox Helps Single, Working Mom Fight Hunger

Posted by Philabundance on July 29th, 2016

“Being a mom is the best job I have ever had,” says Melanie Hudson. “I would never trade it for the world.” In addition to being a rock star single mom, Melanie is a personal care assistant at an Upper Darby Middle School as well as an adult student at Eastern University. In the summer though, her paychecks are stretched thin as regular bills compound with time off and the absence of free or reduced-cost meals that Melanie’s 17-year-old daughter, Veronica, usually receives during the school year. “Food stamps are often not enough, so I’m extremely grateful for the fruits and vegetables ...

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Like Mother/Father, Like Daughter: Interview with Philabundance Parents

Posted by Philabundance on July 20th, 2016

When Volunteer Coordinator Kali Hamilton’s parents flew in from California to visit their daughter in Philadelphia, they didn’t realize their site-seeing tour would include a stop volunteering at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center. Here’s what they had to say about their experience: How did you feel after volunteering? To correct the record, Kali volunteered us. Her assertive personality seems to extend to her parents, but we were grateful for the opportunity to participate and truly enjoyed the experience. What was it like seeing your daughter in action as Volunteer Coordinator? We were even more impressed than we expected to be. It was gratifying ...

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Family Grocery Store Trips Evolve into Hunger Fighting Effort

Posted by Philabundance on July 12th, 2016

Writer and Hunger Relief Advocate Margaret shares how she turns fighting hunger into a family affair at home: How often do you go to the grocery store? If you have a busy family like me then I bet it may be more often than you’d like. I’m also willing to bet you’d like your children to be aware of how lucky they are, how fortunate your family is to have enough food to eat every single day. I have fun way to get your family involved in grocery shopping while benefiting the children in the Delaware Valley who do not have enough ...

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4th of July Coffee Custard Recipe from Philabundance Community Kitchen

Posted by Philabundance on July 1st, 2016

Philabundance Community Kitchen Coffee Custard Makes about 8 servings Ingredients 4 cups whipping cream 1 cup plus 8 teaspoons sugar 2 tablespoons coarsely ground espresso coffee beans 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or coffee powder 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or vanilla extract) 6 large egg yolks 1 large egg Instructions -Place eight oven-safe custard cups in large roasting pan. -Combine cream, 1 cup of sugar, ground espresso beans, instant espresso powder and cinnamon stick in heavy large saucepan; using small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into mixture. -Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar and espresso powder dissolve. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 30 minutes. Strain ...

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Philabundance Community Kitchen’s Homemade Ricotta Recipe

Posted by Philabundance on June 23rd, 2016

According to the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, consuming three daily servings of low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt is “an easy way for families to get a powerful punch of nutrients to help build stronger bones and healthy bodies and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” Learn how YOU can help provide milk for families in need, while also enjoying the below recipe that makes for a legen-“DAIRY” snack! Philabundance Community Kitchen Homemade Ricotta Recipe Makes about 1 generous cup of ricotta Ingredients 3 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 3 tablespoons lemon juice Instructions -Pour the milk, cream and salt into a three-quart saucepan over heat; using ...

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Q&A with Government Relations Associate Emma Kornetsky

Posted by Philabundance on June 20th, 2016

Meet Philabundance’s Government Relations Associate and learn how she’s helping us fight hunger! Name: Emma Kornetsky Years at Philabundance: 3 My role as Government Relations Associate will allow me to… advocate for policies and programs that address hunger and poverty. The most misunderstood thing about politics is: Regular citizens really do have a say in how our government works. Your voice absolutely matters, you just have to use it! Is donating food the only way to solve the problem of hunger? Because 1 in 4 people in the Philadelphia area faces hunger we need to ensure these individuals get the food they need, and food ...

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Father’s Day Special: Repack Supervisor Damien on His Daughter & Giving Back

Posted by Philabundance on June 17th, 2016

Name: Damien Douglas Job Title: Repack Supervisor… and Dad Extraordinaire! How long have you been working at Philabundance? I’ve been working at Philabundance since October 2010. I initially interviewed for another position in the warehouse, but my sunny personality won out and I was placed in Repack! I’ve been working with volunteers since my first day. I guess I’m more of a people person than I thought I was; volunteers really bring the best out of me. You bring your daughter, Samaia, to work with you, especially on volunteer Family Nights. Why is it important to you that Samaia volunteers? Because she gets ...

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Join Senator Casey in the Fight to Strengthen Child Nutrition Programs

Posted by Philabundance on June 9th, 2016

On Monday, Senator Bob Casey took a tour of Fare & Square, Philabundance’s non-profit grocery store in Chester, PA. He also met with staff and customers as well as partners from the Chester County Food Bank and Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to discuss the importance of federal nutrition programs that help families “get from point A to point B.” Programs such as SNAP, WIC and school meals are vital to families and give kids a better chance to thrive, no matter what circumstances they were born into. But right now, some of these important programs are seriously threatened as legislators ...

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A Struggling Parent Says Thank You

Posted by Philabundance on May 25th, 2016

Summer will be here before we know it, and siblings David, Isiah and Yamelette will be out of class for three months. When the last school bell rings, these kids will be worried. Like many of their classmates, David, Isiah and Yamelette rely on the school meal program for breakfast and lunch every weekday. But with the cafeteria closed, these meals won’t be available. Although their parents both have jobs, they’ve had some financial struggles that have made it hard to afford enough food on a regular basis. This has become more of a problem as their dad’s diabetes has caused him ...

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Your Gifts Help Feed A Family in Need

Posted by Philabundance on May 25th, 2016

Ginette is a hardworking single mom with two school-age children, Connor, 9, and Gwen, 16.* Lately, it’s been tough making ends meet, especially now that Ginette has to devote most of her time to caring for Gwen, who has been too ill to attend school. Despite these difficulties, Ginette tries to make the most of her situation. Because Gwen is still a couple of years from graduation, Ginette signed her daughter up for online high school courses so she doesn’t fall behind on her studies. Meanwhile, she does what she can to support Connor, who attends the local elementary school. But without ...

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