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Philabundance Distributed 25 Million Pounds of Food in 2017 in the DelVal
Resolve to Give Back and Help Philabundance Provide Even More Food in 2018
Philadelphia, PA, January 3, 2018— Last year, Philabundance distributed more than 25 million meals in the Delaware Valley – one million more pounds than 2016 – thanks to the generosity of donors, businesses and the public. Those with a resolution to give back in 2018 can again help fight hunger for the more than 700,000 people who go to bed at night not knowing where their next meal will come from, or if they’ll have one at all. From donating time through volunteering and advocating for hunger relief, to saving money at the country’s first non-profit grocery store of its kind, to hiring a catering company that gives back, there are myriad ways to keep 2018 resolutions with Philabundance.
About 15,000 volunteers save Philabundance over $1 million in salaries, which goes back into feeding the community. Those who resolve to give back in the New Year can sign up for a volunteer shift. Bring a group to our Hunger Relief Center to pack and sort through the millions of pounds of food that came in over the holidays, help rescue fresh produce that might otherwise go to waste by securing a four-hour, Friday morning shift at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market or volunteer with your family at a Tuesday night shift.
Be an advocate in the fight against hunger. Well over 90% of hunger relief in our country comes from government nutrition programs, and right now these programs are under attack. Sign up to receive Advocacy Action Alerts from Philabundance to find out when and how you can take small, but mighty, actions to protect and strengthen important government nutrition programs and fight hunger.
Trying to save money while maintaining a healthy diet do not have to be mutually exclusive actions. Shopping at Fare & Square nonprofit grocery store in Chester allows you to buy healthy food at low prices – and also secure fresh produce for free. Sign up for the Fare & Square newsletter to learn about sales, discounts and free produce.
For those hosting an event or ordering-in lunch, PCKatering is a new, delicious option that helps provide food to those in need with every order. Philabundance Community Kitchen is a culinary arts job training program for low-income adults who need a second chance at life. Its recently launched social enterprise, PCKatering, offers quality cuisine for clients, and, in return, proceeds of orders benefit students, graduates and our neighbors in need. View the menu and more information at philabundance.org.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs or how you can support Philabundance, please contact Samantha Retamar, Communications Coordinator at Philabundance, at email@example.com or 215-339-0900 x 1501 or visit www.philabundance.org.
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors and adults served include college students, families and the working class. Philabundance rescues, purchases and accepts donated food, and distributed 25 million pounds in 2017 through its own programs and a network of 350 partner agencies. A one dollar donation provides two meals – Give now or learn more at Philabundance.org.