July 5, 2014 |
Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance, who has been credited as an innovator in the fight against hunger, announced his resignation from the agency Thursday. For 13 years, Clark, 61, ran the $50-million-a-year hunger-relief behemoth that is based in South Philadelphia and serves nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance moves 30 million pounds of food a year to 426 pantries in a region whose core is the poorest big city in America. Mark Bender, a member of the Philabundance board, was appointed interim executive director, according to a statement from Murvin Lackey, chairman of the board.
March 3, 2014 |
In the seemingly genteel world of food charity, hunger-relief advocates are perceived as big-hearted humanitarians all rowing in the same direction. But lately, as need increases while food supplies contract, people more accustomed to fighting hunger now battle among themselves - do-gooder vs. do-gooder. What's developing locally is a noisy quarrel between two altruistic camps: those who help the hungry in Chester County, and the hunger-relief behemoth, Philabundance, based in South Philadelphia and serving nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
November 5, 2013 |
"I see Sam!" Alexis Vernola, 16, of Allentown, screeched as actor Sam Claflin came near. "I can't breathe!" Gianna, 12, marveled as she peered at him from behind a metal barrier, "If this fence wasn't here, I would be up there! Like, I'm that close. " Her friend Becca, 13, agreed: "It's fate. It's destiny. " The girls, both from Haddonfield, were among more than 1,000 eager fans who crowded the Cherry Hill Mall on Sunday to get a glimpse of five stars of Catching Fire , the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise.
May 9, 2013
* To help fight hunger, you need go no farther than your own mailbox Saturday as Campbell Soup and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold their 21st Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Place nonperishable items next to your home mailbox or slot before your mail carrier arrives. They'll get your donations to local people in need. * Heck, to help fight hunger (an escalating battle that needs all the help it can get) you don't even have to pull yourself away from the computer. Philabundance, the Delaware Valley's largest hunger-relief organization, has a Virtual Food Drive tool that allows you to rally others to the cause, choose what kind of food you'd like to give and more.
January 31, 2012
PHILADELPHIA Operation Rice Bowl kickoff For the 37th consecutive year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is participating in Operation Rice Bowl, a nationwide effort administered by Catholic Relief Services to alleviate hunger. It works both locally and abroad through prayer, fasting, learning and giving, said Bishop John J. McIntyre, who will preside at today's kickoff at the Visitation Food Cupboard at the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, 2646 Kensington Ave. Parishioners in the Archdiocese donated almost $337,000 to Operation Rice Bowl during Lent 2011.
January 19, 2011 |
Hunger does not receive enough attention in the United States, where Americans "overuse the denial mechanism," believing the problem doesn't exist, a top U.S. Department of Agriculture official said Tuesday at Drexel University's School of Public Health. At the same time, increasing numbers of Americans are enrolling for food stamps, according to Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services. "The nutritional safety net . . . has never been as urgently needed as it is now," Concannon concluded.
May 6, 2010
Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food Saturday as part of a nationwide initiative to fight hunger. The annual initiative, the largest one-day food drive in the nation, is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. Residents should place food items near their mailboxes before mail delivery Saturday. Letter carriers will deliver the donations to a local food bank or pantry. - Kristin E. Holmes
May 23, 2009 |
Marie Covert holds a piece of paper with the number 116. It's 11:30 a.m., and she is almost at the end of a line that has gotten longer every week since last fall's economic crash: She is waiting for free food. At the beginning of the line, at 15th Street and Hunting Park Avenue, Marine veteran Tony Moore, 54, hands out muffins, bread, and other baked goods to people who arrived three hours ago. He is the founder of Veteran's United, a nonprofit organization that fights hunger in Philadelphia by distributing goods from food banks and other donors at five locations.
December 22, 2008 |
Leo Casey has volunteered at St. Edward's food pantry in Pine Hill for 17 years, but last month marked the first time he had seen the pantry almost run out of food. "It's the hardest we ever got hit for Thanksgiving," said Casey, 87. The pantry expected 100 families but ended up feeding closer to 150. St. Edward's is not the only food pantry affected by the economy. According to Val Traore, chief executive of the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, the number of people seeking emergency food assistance in South Jersey has increased 41 percent over the last few months.