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Working Together to Strengthen Our Community

By Laura Wall

One in four people in Philadelphia face 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.

Working to positively impact this are an estimated 700 Philadelphia food pantries and soup kitchens, which provide food for hundreds of thousands of people each year.

This summer, The 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 already provide services to many of the 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. The VISTA will work 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 ideas developed through this project.

We are excited about this partnership, and the positive impact we believe it can have on our city and the people we serve.

Learn more about the position.