We live in a country that sometimes reveres excess as the norm, making it easy to take the basic building blocks of a full life for granted - a roof over our heads, heat that fills our home, even food on our table at the end of a long day.
It’s hard to believe that there are almost 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley alone who struggle to keep their cabinets stocked. In fact, the number of people in need of assistance has increased 29% since last year. It’s clear that poverty and hunger are a threat to the health and wellbeing of many people – some right in our own backyard. This problem haunts too many of our neighbors every day, all year-round.
Here at Philabundance, we fight to reduce hunger in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need, in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides food to 65,000 individuals in need every week in our 9-county service area spanning Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We have close to 500 member agencies throughout the counties, including churches, shelters and food cupboards, and provide food through several direct service programs. We also run a Food Help Line (1-800-319-Food/3663) so individuals can call for information about food assistance any time. Our goal is to strengthen the hunger safety net so that no man, woman or child has to go to bed hungry.
The good news is you can help! Visit our website at www.philabundance.org to learn more about volunteering opportunities, food drives, organizing a fundraiser, or making a donation. You can sort and pack food at our Hunger Relief Center, unload deliveries and stock shelves at our Community Food Center, or unload and distribute perishable food at one of our Fresh For All sites. Just as one person alone isn’t hungry, one person alone can’t solve this problem – but together, we can drive hunger from our communities.
To view Philabundance's website, go to: http://www.philabundance.org/