New State Funding Provides an Abundance of Goodwill to Philadelphia’s Hungry

Philadelphia, PA – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin today visited Philabundance to celebrate the recent approval of $1.8 million in funding to promote food donations from grocery stores, produce markets, and other food industry donors.

“When people are hungry—when they’re making the impossible choice between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table—it hurts themselves, it hurts their families, it hurts their community, and that’s something that we just can’t turn away from,” said Sec. Davin. “Programs like the Neighborhood Assistance Program and groups like Philabundance help us ease that burden, help us take away that impossible choice and provide for those who are in need.”

Through the Neighborhood Assistance Program grant, Philabundance will continue its work to feed the community while tackling the root causes of poverty and improving clients’ access to other services through collaborations with organizations that offer essential services such as education, financial literacy, and housing.

“The Neighborhood Assistance Program funding allows us to reach even more people in need with nutritious food,” said Glenn Bergman, Executive Director at Philabundance. “With over 700,000 people in our service area struggling with hunger, every dollar matters as we work to end hunger for good. We are so grateful to the commonwealth and Secretary Davin for supporting our work.”

In March, Philabundance was also approved for a $63,376 Dairy Investment Program grant to market ‘Abundantly Good’ cheese, which is made through a partnership with local dairy farms and provides high-quality dairy products from Pennsylvania-sourced milk to low-income clients. Philabundance was also this year approved for $76,101 in funding through the Local Share Account (LSA) program to improve the group’s community kitchen, a free, 14-week culinary training and life skills program.

The Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance acquires and distributes food to 90,000 people weekly in nine counties throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Thirty percent of those served are children and 16 percent are seniors. The group strategically distributes food through its network of 355 community agencies and operates several programs targeting specific neighborhoods or clients, including a free weekly farmer’s market, a program to distribute kid-friendly meals and fresh produce to schools where 100 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-cost meals, and a program to promote the importance of a healthy diet.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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