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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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

June 17, 2016  by Philabundance

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 ...

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Sean and Charlie: A Father-Son Duo Tackle Hunger

May 2, 2016  by Brittany Barbato

Thursday, April 28, was National Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Community Capacity Building Manager Sean Breslin reflects on the experience of sharing his work with his son, Charlie: At home we’ve talked about what I do at work and what Philabundance does for the Delaware Valley, but no ...

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