By Samantha Retamar, Communications Coordinator
Now in the midst of back to school season, families and college students may have to choose between books and meals. Shedding a light on hunger in our communities, as a year round issue and not just an occurrence during the holidays, is imperative and that’s why press coverage like the following is so important:
1. College Hunger
College hunger has been a silent issue for years, with many students not even realizing they are food insecure. Many colleges across the country are opening food panties to combat this growing issue.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article about the reality of college hunger, highlighting Temple University’s Cherry Pantry, as well as interviewing Philabundance Communications Coordinator Samantha Retamar about her struggle with college hunger.
2. Philabundance Community Kitchen and PCKatering
Philabundance Community Kitchen is a free 14-week culinary arts and job training program that provides low-income adults with a second chance at life. The program not only focuses on culinary skills, but has a strong emphasis on life skills, leading students to a path of self-sufficiency.
The program recently launched a social enterprise called PCKatering, which allows students to gain catering experience to put on their resumes, as well as provides funds to put back into the free transformational program.
3. Vanguard donates 2.3 million meals to those in need
Vanguard, an international investment management company, held its 22nd annual All Cans on Deck food drive benefitting local hunger relief organizations. The company donated 2.3 million meals to those in need, with 1.3 million meals dispersed amongst several area food banks including Philabundance.
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