February 12, 2015 |
George Matysik knew he really didn't have a chance. He's young, polite, and earnest, has no money and less name recognition, and is really into talking about things like, say, how to reduce poverty in the poorest big city in the country. Those aren't the kind of things that get you elected to City Council. Matysik, former public policy director for the nonprofit food bank Philabundance, knew that when he jumped into the crowded race for a Democratic City Council at-large seat last November.
August 23, 2014 |
Even as the economy recovers, the number of hungry Americans is increasing, with working people, military members, children, and the elderly among those suffering from lack of food. Those findings are in a major survey of people who use food pantries commissioned by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization. A new report comes out every four years. The 2014 report shows that one in seven Americans, or 46.5 million people, received food from a Feeding America food bank.
August 22, 2014 |
The hegemony of the Blanc has been broken! The third annual Dîner en Blanc - a visually dazzling outdoor dinner at a yet-to-be-disclosed Center City landmark attended by 3,500 people dressed head to toe in white - won't be the only game in town Thursday night, at least when it comes to themed al fresco dinners. First held 26 years ago in Paris, Dîner en Blanc has become an institution in nearly 50 cities around the world. But last month, a splinter group of former Philly Blanc-ers (Blanc-ies?
July 25, 2014 |
IN THE SHADOW of the old Tastykake factory in Nicetown, there's a greenhouse with an organic vegetable garden and a 170,000 square-foot warehouse owned and operated by the SHARE Food Program. About noon yesterday, Jimmy Rollins and his wife, Johari, prepared a batch of fried green beans for a hungry group of fans and SHARE volunteers outside the greenhouse. "You can't have fries all the time," the Phillies shortstop said. He insisted you try his "green fries" instead. The recipe was simple enough - green beans, olive oil and a dash of salt - but the idea that Philadelphians don't have access to fresh, healthy foods is more complex, and an issue that the Rollins family is invested in. Rollins was outside the SHARE factory to pledge $10,000 from the Rollins Family Foundation and to put a familiar face behind SHARE's initiative to serve healthy and affordable foods to Philadelphians across the city.
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.
July 3, 2014 |
IT WAS Arnaldo Cardona's first time at Wawa's Annual Hoagie Day celebration yesterday, and though he was dressed in a black T-shirt and dripped sweat, he didn't let the 93-degree weather spoil his mood. While others held umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and fanned themselves with maps from the National Constitution Center, Cardona shimmied his shoulders and moved his feet to Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" blasting over the speakers to the crowd. "I'm hoping there's going to be a nice, big sandwich for me," said Cardona, 28, of North Philly.
April 14, 2014
MISSED out on cake? Plenty more food competitions let guests fill up on samples, vote for favorite cooks - and contribute to good causes. Cupcake Smash Thirty-four pastry chefs (half pro, half am) serve mini cakes to a crowd of 500-plus. Ticket price includes cocktails. Benefits Philabundance. Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock St., 2-5 p.m. April 26, rain or shine, $25 & $30 ($10 kids; under 6 free), 215-339-0900, philabundance.org . Vendy Awards NYC-born food-truck competition pits local driver-cookers against each other in a daytime version of the Night Market for 600-ish eaters.
March 18, 2014 |
Share the fruit you wear. That's the motto behind Fruitstrology, a budding new business of screen-printed tank tops and T-shirts designed by two Temple University business students, sisters Rachel and Sarah Stanton. For every shirt sold, a serving of fresh fruit is donated through Philabundance to Philadelphia-area children in so-called food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce. The 22-year-old twins from Bristol conceived the idea in 2012 and, after several rounds of design experimentation, started marketing their shirts in September.
March 13, 2014
Roots of renewal While appreciative of Inquirer coverage of the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, as former long-time residents and civic activists there we can assure readers that revitalization efforts along Germantown Avenue have been in progress even longer than reported ("A warm welcome," March 2). As far back as 1979, a city-sponsored study of the needs along this part of the avenue by Johnson/Smith Architects was followed up by new street lighting, improvements to certain buildings, additional street trees, and major repairs to the avenue itself - all with the cooperation of the adjacent civic associations, including East and West Mount Airy Neighbors.