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15 Facts of the COVID Philabundance
1. Due to COVID-19, partner organizations Philabundance reported an increase in demand of up to 60 percent due to the crisis.
2. 40% of people who have switched to Filabundancy this year have never sought assistance to provide food
3. Supply chain problems caused by the pandemic have increased food prices by up to 30 percent in all categories, making it more expensive for Philabundance to buy food during this much-needed time.
4. Monetary donations allow Philabundance to stretch your dollar even further and purchase items that clients and partner agents need such as produce, meat and dairy.
5. Due to falling food donations, increasing demand from the public and rising food prices, Philabundance anticipates twice as much food expenditure this year compared to last year.
6. From March 1 to June 30, Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) doubled the yield of ready-to-eat meals, providing over 112,000 meals to our neighbors in need.
7. At its peak, the PCK provided 4,200-4,500 additional meals per week. This food is distributed to a variety of community agencies, including outreach meals for Project Homes, City temporary shelter in Kensington, Woodstock Shelter in North Philadelphia, Hope Hub and Federation Housing.
8. Feeding America projects that because of COVID, the level of food insecurity will increase to 54 million people, including 18 million children, who struggle to get food on the table.
9. Feeding America projects food insecurity for Philadelphia will increase from 16.3% in 2018 to 21.2% in 2020. That means there are thousands of additional households that need additional resources because of COVID.
10. From March-July 2020, Philabundance rocketed serving up to 5.3 million pounds a month compared to serving 2.3 million pounds during the same time frame the previous year.
11. Responding to increasing food insecurity throughout Philadelphia, Philabundance is partnering with the City of Philadelphia and the Food Sharing Program to open a free food distribution site across the region.
12. Thanks to the additional resources of the USDA Farmers to Families Lunchbox Program (also known as the Coronavirus / CFAP Food Assistance Program), Philabundance was able to open temporary drive-thru emergency food distribution during the summer by providing 6,592 boxes for our neighbors in need, namely over 185K pounds of food.
13. After Tropical Hurricane Isaias left the flooded and powerless Eastwick area of Philadelphia in early August, Philabundance partnered with District Two Councilor Kenyatta Johnson to distribute approximately 50 pounds of food to more than 300 families affected by the storm.
14. Philabundance has worked to supply agents with materials such as gloves, masks and bags to distribute food safely to clients.
15. Due to the pandemic, Philabundance has reduced the number of shifts of its volunteers, diligently cleaned communal surfaces / warehouse equipment, and provided masks and gloves for all staff and volunteers.
1. About 700,000 people in the Philabundance service area sleep at night without knowing where their next meal will come from, or whether they will eat at all.
2. Hunger hits every zip code in the country, including YOURS.
3. Although 1 in 9 people in the US are food insecure, in our region, hunger is a crisis faced by 1 in 5 of our neighbors. (in Philadelphia specifically)
4. While 20% of the Philadelphians are starving, 40% of all food is wasted in this country.
1. Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, securing, rescuing and distributing food, helping to feed those in need, and advocating for solutions to fighting hunger.
2. Philabundance’s mission is to drive hunger out of our communities today and end hunger for good.
3. The Philabundance serves 90,000 people each week who are at risk of hunger, 30% of whom are children and 16% are seniors. Others Philabundance serves include the working class, students and single parents.
4. Many of those serving Philabundance access our food services temporarily, to help them through difficult times due to health emergencies, family crises or work hours cuts, such as those affected by last year’s government shutdown.
5. Philabundance serves five counties in PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, and four counties in NJ: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem.
6. Philabundance provides meals for about 400 partners – such as shelters, emergency kitchens, nursing centers – and at locations where people access other services, including hospitals, libraries and schools.
7. Philabundance distributed more than 26 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley in 2019; Of the food distributed, about 70% is very good food that might be wasted. 83% are healthy foods.
8. Abundantly Good is a Philabundance retail food brand, whose sales will provide our clients with the same high quality recycled food. In the past two years, sales of Abundantly Good have enabled us to give our neighbors 7,500 pounds of extra food in need.
9. Philabundance Community Kitchen is a 14 week culinary job training program for low-income adults that helps break the cycle of poverty. Her social company, PCKatering, provides good food that gives back; the results of all orders benefit our students, graduates and neighbors who are facing hunger. In 2020, we will open the doors to the PCK’s new home, which will allow us to extend the program to 16 weeks, train more students and provide more food to the community.
10. For 35 years, Philabundance has been working tirelessly to get rid of hunger now. In 2019, he expanded his mission to end the hunger for good. Through collaborations with like-minded partners who offer food plus other services, including education, financial literacy, health care, housing and / or job assistance, we provide food today AND the tools clients need to help end hunger for good, providing stability for themselves and their families
11. Philabundance thanks 17,000+ volunteers who worked more than 25,000 hours in 2019, saving over half a million dollars, which we put back into our feeding program.