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New “Fresh For All” Site Helps Improve Access to Emergency Food in West Philadelphia

Philabundance’s “Fresh For All” provides access to fresh produce to University City and surrounding neighborhoods

PHILADELPHIA — Feb. 3, 2010 — Fresh For All (FFA), a program that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to people in areas with limited access to these essential foods, is opening a location in the University City district of Philadelphia as part of Philabundance’s Emergency Relief Initiative (ERI).

Beginning Feb. 10, Philabundance will open a Fresh For All site in University City at the parking lot at 49th and Spruce Streets (19143). This site will distribute food every Wednesday, from 2 to 3 p.m. In order to enhance service to the community, Philabundance is looking for volunteers for this new site to assist with registering and checking in clients, unloading food, and setting up and breaking down the site.

Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, recently began rolling out its Emergency Relief Initiative in a major step to improve the access the community has to emergency food primarily through a new Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663) and Emergency Food Boxes (EBox), while increasing the amount of food going into the community through new and expanded programs like Fresh For All.

“We anticipate serving about 200 individuals a week at this new FFA site,” says Kelly Hile, program manager, Direct Service at Philabundance. “Our mission is to improve access to fresh produce to those in need in the West Philadelphia community and surrounding neighborhoods, who are struggling during these difficult economic times.”

FFA delivers seven pounds of food primarily made up of fresh fruits and vegetables to every person in a household in areas that have limited access to these fundamental food groups every week.

The opening of the new University City FFA site increases the total number of sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to 12. The Fresh For All program currently serves 2500 households or approximately 7000 individuals. Fresh For All has distributed 2,433,732 pounds of produce since the program’s inception in December of 2007.

Philabundance is actively seeking volunteers to help Fresh For All succeed. Though times vary by location, each distribution requires 2 hours and 10-15 volunteers. For more information on Fresh For All or to volunteer call the Fresh For All Info Line at 215.220.1920 or visit https://www.philabundance.org/programs/freshforall.asp

For more information on Philabundance’s Emergency Relief Initiative, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

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Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 10 counties, who serve approximately 900,000 low income residents. Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org.

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