Working Together to Strengthen Our Community: AmeriCorps VISTA Position Now Available
Posted by Philabundance Digital Media on March 11th, 2016
One in four people in Philadelphia faces food insecurity. An alarming half of the children in poverty – nearly one in five of the city’s children – live in deep poverty. The recent economic crisis is still very much a reality for many families in our region.
An estimated 700 Philadelphia food pantries and soup kitchens which provide food for hundreds of thousands of people each year are working hard to make an impact in hunger in our communities, but in order to end hunger, we need to do it together.
This summer, SHARE Food Program, Philabundance and The Coalition Against Hunger will partner on a year-long project focusing on Philadelphia’s network of emergency food providers. Our organizations individually already provide services to many of these vital community groups. However, to support them most effectively, we need to better understand their individual challenges, potential areas for collaboration among them and the logistical issues they face.
A grant from Hunger-Free America will fund an AmeriCorps VISTA position to oversee this project, working with staff from SHARE, Philabundance and The Coalition Against Hunger.
Through on-site visits and conversations, data gathering and community meetings, the project’s staff will develop recommendations to strengthen the infrastructure of these mostly under-resourced, volunteer-run pantries.
We see this as just the start of the collaboration. SHARE, Philabundance and The Coalition Against Hunger anticipate that our agencies will continue to work together to implement the ideas developed through this project.
We are excited about this partnership, and the positive impact we believe it can have on our city.