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Senator Larry Farnese Office Helps Bring Emergency Hunger Relief to the Residents of South Philadelphia

Philabundance Provides EBox Access as part of Emergency Relief Initiative

PHILADELPHIA –November 18, 2009 – Philabundance has teamed up with the Senator Larry Farnese to offer families and individuals in need of emergency food access to Emergency Food Boxes (EBoxes) in South Philadelphia.

On November 19th, EBoxes will be available at Senator Larry Farnese’s office located at 1802 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145, Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Emergency Food Boxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four to last about three days. EBoxes usually contain the following items: hot and cold breakfast cereals, shelf-stable milk, canned meat and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, bagged/boxed grains, macaroni and cheese. The boxes also contain information on agencies in the client’s area that can provide assistance on an on-going basis.

“I am pleased and honored to partner with Philabundance and be part of this effort to combat hunger in our region – and especially in my district, said Senator Larry Farnese. The unemployment rate in this country just reached its highest point in years, and that means many people are struggling to feed their families. So opening my district office doors to help those who need it most through Philabundance’s E-Box program is just one more way for us to serve our community.”

Households can only receive an EBox once because it is an emergency measure that is not meant to serve as an on-going source of food. EBox serves as an immediate aid to hold a family over until Philabundance can connect them with ongoing food assistance through an agency within its network of close to 600 agencies. People in need of food assistance should call 1-800-319-FOOD (3663).

Emergency Food Boxes are part of Philabundance’s Emergency Relief Initiative (ERI), which was created to improve the access the community has to emergency food while increasing the amount of food going into the community. ERI’s programs are built on several key strategies including “Enhancing Emergency Access” to food for people in need, primarily through a new Food Help Line, 800-319-Food (3663) and Emergency Food Boxes (EBox). Philabundance developed the EBox program in order to respond to the increasing emergency calls from people who need immediate access to food.

Philabundance Provides Access to “EBoxes” in Philadelphia County

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

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