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Philabundance Volunteer Finds Friends and Fun in Warehouse

April 28, 2017  by Kali Hamilton

For Philabundance volunteer and Elkins Park resident, Susannah Gale, volunteering at the Hunger Relief Center is a fun and impactful use of time during her gap year between high school and college. Recently, Susannah Gale spoke about her experience with the Philabundance team and why she keeps coming back. Question: How ...

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A Thank You to Volunteers from Kali Hamilton, Philabundance Volunteer Coordinator

April 28, 2017  by Kali Hamilton

For National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Kali Hamilton, Philabudance’s volunteer coordinator, shares some of her favorite memories and the perks of working so closely with our volunteers and hunger heroes. Question: Introduce yourself! Answer: I am Philabundance’s Volunteer Coordinator and have been for over two years! During National Volunteer Appreciation Week this year ...

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Fridays with Philabundance: Retired Engineer Volunteers Weekly in the Warehouse

March 23, 2017  by Kali Hamilton

Written by Michael Schaffer Tom McGinn learned long ago what community help can mean to a family. When Tom was 3, his father was diagnosed with throat cancer. The elder McGinn survived, but his illness strained the resources of the family of five children and two adults. Their Southwest Philadelphia parish, ...

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For the Fisher-Murphy Household, Volunteering is a Family Affair

February 17, 2017  by Kali Hamilton

Written by Michael Schaffer It isn’t exactly family board game night or movie night, but volunteering at Philabundance is definitely a family event for Keri Fisher, her husband Matt Murphy and their three kids. Four or five times a year, Keri, Matt and their offspring – Declan Murphy, 12; Ronan Murphy, 10, ...

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

October 13, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

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 ...

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Hunger Heroes Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Ages!

September 30, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

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 ...

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

September 13, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

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 ...

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Q&A with Volunteer Carol Williamson

August 11, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

Name: Carol Williamson Age: 60 How did you get involved with gleaning? My husband and I have long been financial supporters of Philabundance. In the late spring of 2014, we got one of the periodic mailings describing Philabundance projects. There was a blurb about gleaning and the independent toy store where I ...

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Elected Officials Send Hunger Packing During Democratic National Convention

August 4, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

“If our elected officials will support policies benefiting our most vulnerable populations—including children and seniors—the way they’re supporting our food distribution efforts today, perhaps we can find a collaborative solution to ending hunger,” said Philabundance Executive Director, Glenn Bergman. During the Democratic National Convention, Philabundance teamed up with Feeding America—an organization ...

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

July 20, 2016  by Philabundance Digital Media

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 ...

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