700,000 people in our area face hunger every day.
For 35 years, Philabundance has provided emergency food to those in need. But it’s not enough; despite receiving food, individuals and families still may go to bed not knowing where their next meal will come from, or if they’ll have one at all.
Our new strategy, called Ending Hunger. For Good., seeks to provide emergency food AND long-term food security. We’ll do this through collaboration with organizations offering food plus other services.
Research by Feeding America, a network of top-performing food banks in the U.S., shows that those with some financial stability have the best chance of becoming food secure. Issues impacting stability include health crises, a cut in work hours, and emergency car repairs, among others. By collaborating to provide food plus a critical life services, including education, financial literacy, health services, housing and/or job assistance, Philabundance, along with “connector” agencies, aims to end the cycle of no-win decisions: Do I buy food or medicine? Heat or eat? Pay for lunch or a bus pass?