When Dov and Jeanne Haselkorn, both with finance and engineering backgrounds, started a family together, it’s no surprise that research, problem-solving, and spreadsheets became integral parts of their daily lives.
While Dov and Jeanne’s thoughtful, structured approach helps keep their four children (ages 12, 10, 8, and 1) moving in the right direction, it also plays a role in guiding how they divide their volunteer time and donations among the causes that mean the most to them.
About thirteen years ago, while supporting education and childhood literacy, they saw a clear connection between hungry children and their learning struggles. They did their homework on organizations working to end childhood food insecurity and “Philabundance checked all the boxes for us as a partner,” said Jeanne.
They were stunned to learn that nearly one-third of children and about 1 in 5 of all people in the Delaware Valley face food insecurity.
After making their first gift, Dov and Jeanne got to know Philabundance better and were encouraged with how the organization was targeting the root causes of food insecurity. “Besides working to end childhood hunger, we’ve been very impressed with the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) model and how it is providing low-income adults — including some who might find it hard to obtain a fresh start — with culinary training, life skills, and well-deserved hope,” explained Jeanne.
Years after that first gift, the Haselkorns now engineer twice as many meals for children each summer by providing a generous matching gift challenge kicking off the campaign. This year, others followed their lead and stepped up to make the match for children even bigger.
We appreciate great partners like the Haselkorn family. Committed community members make it possible month after month and year after year for Philabundance to meet the needs of those struggling to put food on the table.
Thank you Dov and Jeanne!
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