Southwest Philadelphia: Local Churches Open Its Doors To The Hungry

Southwest Philadelphia: Local Churches Open Its Doors To The Hungry

While it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact number of homeless individuals living within a city, the city of Philadelphia’s count as of January 2016 determined 705 people living within the city were entirely unsheltered. Local nonprofit organization Project HOME states one of the main causes of homelessness is poverty, which stems from lack of jobs at competitive living wages. With […]

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Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Thousands of families in Philadelphia recently sat down at their dinner tables to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal complete with a turkey and all the fixings. The meal is the culmination of the time they spent walking around their crowded local grocery store filling their cart with holiday essentials. For some, this is not their reality. They […]

 

South Philadelphia: Homeless Take Shelter At Bethesda Project

South Philadelphia: Homeless Take Shelter At Bethesda Project

Laughter could be heard from the sidewalk outside of the homeless shelter known as My Brother’s House. A large blue-and-white-tiled mural stretches along the side of the building, along with the words, ‘Home away from Home,’ a phrase that holds great meaning for the men inside. My Brother’s House, located at 609 S. 15th St., […]

 

South Philadelphia: Philabundance Gives Food to Those in Need

South Philadelphia: Philabundance Gives Food to Those in Need

A small crowd began to gather just after noon under an Interstate 95 overpass at the corner of Front and Tasker streets. People of different races and ages started to form a line. Some had children or other family members with them, some came alone. Most held empty bags protectively close to themselves, which soon […]

 

West Kensington: Connecting the Community One Meal at a Time

West Kensington: Connecting the Community One Meal at a Time

“Hunger to me means a lot of different things. On a physical aspect, hunger is when I haven’t eaten in a while and I’m just feeling down, weakened,” said Kevin Millinger as he waited in line for a free meal at the Blessed Sarnelli Community (BSC). “On the mental aspect and emotional aspect, hunger to […]

 

Poverty: Five Free Meal Volunteer Opportunities

Poverty: Five Free Meal Volunteer Opportunities

Around 50 million Americans are living in food-insecure households. With recent cuts in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food pantries and free meal programs are feeling the burden of Philly’s growing population living in hunger. Despite federally funded aid programs like SNAP, many Philadelphians are still unable to feed their households. In a 2011 […]

 By Alexis Sachdev and Dominique T. Johnson

Olney: Church Stands Against Hunger

Olney: Church Stands Against Hunger

Since becoming the first African-American and female pastor of Solid Rock United Methodist Church in 2004, Reverend Margaret Powell has been dedicated to promoting nutritious education and combating city-wide hunger. The church, located at 199 E. Tabor Rd., donates thousands of pounds of food each month to those in need through its partnership with SHARE, some of which […]

 By Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Neighborhood Food Stamp Use Three Times the National Average; New Guidelines May Force Cuts

Hunting Park: Neighborhood Food Stamp Use Three Times the National Average; New Guidelines May Force Cuts

Not long after graduating from high school, Khalil Smith moved out of his mother’s house in Olney to live with his grandmother in Hunting Park. At the time, he had never thought that he would find himself needing help just to eat. “For my mom to pull out her MAC [Money Access Card] or her […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Food Stamp Cut May Affect Poor People

Hunting Park: Food Stamp Cut May Affect Poor People

Philadelphia’s rich history and affluent Center City make it an attractive tourist destination. But less than five miles north of City Hall sits Hunting Park in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. The district is considered the second hungriest in the nation, according to a 2011 report by the Food Research and Action Center. While the area has […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Congressional Candidate Vows to Curb Hunger

Hunting Park: Congressional Candidate Vows to Curb Hunger

Hunger is on the rise in America, especially as more families continue to rely on food stamps. In fact, more than one in four families around the country live on food stamps, according to the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Hunger is even more of a problem in Philadelphia’s 1st Congressional District, where Hunting […]