Every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8:30 am-11:30 am cars line up on the side of our Galloway warehouse to pick up fresh produce at our “HUB” distribution. This food includes dairy items such as cheese and yogurt, fresh produce, and meat. Volunteers, along with our wonderful warehouse team, help the Community Partners load their vehicles to take back to their locations to then distribute to their neighbors in need.
Howard Williams, a Lead Volunteer, has been volunteering at Philabundance for 14 years. He says being a military veteran has made him more aware of food insecurity in his neighborhood and it encouraged him to volunteer at Philabundance. “Rain, snow, sleet, or hail people are lined up waiting to get this food. Once we get ready, we try and get the people in and out as fast as possible. Some of these organizations are lined up out here before 4 in the morning,” said Howard.
Serving 9 counties, Philabundance provides food to more than 350 partners. Donna-Marie Valenza, a Program Manager at the Galloway location has been working at Philabundance for over 15 years and says she is here for the mission. “We couldn’t do this distribution without our volunteers, and we couldn’t feed the entire community without the agencies. They’re like the boots on the ground,” said Valenza.
Volunteers are a critical part of Philabundance achieving our mission to end hunger now and to end hunger for good. Feeding America reported in 2021, 53 million people turned to food banks and community programs for help putting food on the table. The current inflated cost of food has made it even more difficult for people to make those tough decisions between paying a utility bill or purchasing nutritious and healthy food for their family. Here at Philabundance we are so grateful for our community partners, donors, and volunteers for supporting us in our fight against hunger. To sign up to be a volunteer, please register here.
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