June 21, 2016 |
Thousands of parents aren't celebrating the arrival of summer. They're dreading it. That's because 300,000 children in our area will lose their school meals this summer, and local food banks, emergency kitchens, and pantries are bracing for the dire need about to hit. How bad is the problem? In Camden, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas, hunger is almost twice as pervasive as in the rest of the country. Here, a staggering one in four people face hunger; nationwide, the number is one in seven.
December 29, 2015 |
Scores of people - many of them elderly, with small, rickety carts in tow - began lining both sides of 62d Street near Cedar Avenue in West Philly at 4 a.m. They sat on milk crates and boxes one Monday this month, waiting for hours for someone to bring them what they need most this holiday season: food. Philabundance truck driver Jackie Cooley Jr. pulled up shortly after noon - as he has every Monday for three years - and beeped his horn. The crowd cheered and parted. "We love you, Jackie!"
December 29, 2015 |
SCORES OF people - many of them elderly, with small, rickety carts in tow - began lining both sides of 62nd Street near Cedar Avenue in West Philly at 4 a.m. They sat on milk crates and boxes one Monday this month, waiting for hours for someone to bring them what they need most this holiday season: Food. Philabundance truck driver Jackie Cooley Jr. pulled up shortly after noon - as he has every Monday for three years - and beeped his horn. The crowd cheered and parted. "We love you, Jackie!"
December 5, 2015 |
If you were lucky enough to experience an abundance of food, warmth, familial affection, and good will last week, it might mean you're in a position to pay it forward. December is a big month for philanthropy, and you can be a big part of that. Giving Tuesday might have already past, but, as Philabundance reminds, hunger is an issue 365 days a year. Even if you can find it in your heart to donate goods, to volunteer, to write a check or to offer assistance, it's worth considering a New Year's resolution, as well, to give more in 2016.
December 2, 2015 |
An outage of a high-load power service forced a Chestnut Hill grocery store to close Monday, creating an unexpected bonus for Philabundance, the regional food-pantry supplier. Peco Energy Co. said three commercial customers lost heavy-duty power service early Monday, including the Weavers Way Co-op at 8424 Germantown Ave. Peco spokesman Greg Smore said the utility's crews worked until early Tuesday to complete work replacing a faulty 30-foot section of underground cable in the Chestnut Hill business district.
June 1, 2015 |
You might consider Glenn Bergman, 63, something of the Zelig of Philadelphia's food scene. There he was in the '80s, humping desserts for a Frog Commissary-catered party. Then grilling stuffed veal loin at La Terasse. Then running a corporate dining unit. By 2004, he was leading the fourfold growth of Mount Airy's (and later Chestnut Hill's) Weaver's Way Co-op from funky grocer to spiffy organics purveyor to urban farmer. Next month, he'll put on a new hat - top manager of Philabundance, the city's enduring antihunger organization.
April 3, 2015 |
Glenn Bergman had food, and Pam Lawler wanted it. These were the nascent days of Philabundance, when Lawler - founder of the region's largest hunger-relief organization - would drive to area businesses in her blue Subaru station wagon, seeking leftovers. Bergman was executive chef at Frog Commissary catering in the late 1980s, and after cooking for giant parties at the Franklin Institute, he had food that was still fresh. "That was the question Philabundance answered," Bergman said.
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?