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Philabundance Community Food Center Celebrates Two Year Anniversary And Increases Households Served

Community Food Center Needs Volunteers to Help Answer the Increase in Need

Philadelphia, Pa- December 19, 2011- Philabundance’s Community Food Center (CFC), located at 601 W. Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia is celebrating two years of serving families in need in the Fairhill and West Kensington neighborhoods. CFC is now serving more households than ever before, allowing Philabundance to provide food to more than 2000 households and distribute 18,000 pounds of food each week. CFC, a choice style food pantry, is an innovative approach to food distribution that promotes dignity as clients can select their food items, much like a grocery shopping experience, rather than being given a pre-packaged box or bag. Philabundance relies on more than 100 volunteers each month to help serve the clients who receive food at the CFC.

The Community Food Center opened its doors to the public in November 2009, as a component of Philabundance’s Emergency Relief Initiative, a comprehensive plan to respond to the increased need for food in the community.  Overwhelmed with applicants, CFC reached maximum program capacity within two weeks of opening. In September of this year CFC changed the shopping and check-out process to provide more choice and space at CFC.  The new process has resulted in 1,400 new households, so that CFC can now serve more people in the neighborhood.

CFC was launched in partnership with St. Joseph’s University and the Mayor’s Office of Community Service.  This program is supported by BNY Mellon Mid-Atlantic Charitable Trusts, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Beneficial Bank Foundation, The ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund, The Rite Aid Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Boeing Employees Community Fund and Fiber-Line, Inc. who assist Philabundance in meeting important program mile stones, such as opening the Community Food Center and expanding the client base to allow more households in Philadelphia to acquire much needed food for their families. Philabundance relies heavily on volunteers to assist in running CFC and is in need of more supporters to donate their time to the center. More than 100 volunteers monthly are needed to run the CFC and with more families being served, the need for volunteers is increasing. Philabundance’s Community Food Center needs volunteers now, those interested in volunteering should contact Liz Salter by phone, 215-229-2221 or email, lsalter@philabundance.org.

Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services through direct service programs and a network of close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties. Philabundance serves approximately 65,000 people per week at a cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900. Visit us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Philabundance and follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/Philabundance.

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