On Saturday October 19, we traveled down to South Philly for an afternoon of volunteering at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center. A total of 14 family and friends took time away from a beautiful fall day to lend a hand at the warehouse. Philabundance is the region’s largest food and hunger relief organization, serving a vast network of almost 500 food cupboards, emergency kitchens, and shelters. They rely not only on food donations from various sources but also on the muscle and hands-on volunteering of hundreds of individuals each week. Volunteers are needed all year round to unload food deliveries, sort items, stock shelves and check out customers at the Community Food Center and the Fresh For All weekly farmer’s market.
During the 3 hours we spent at the Hunger Relief warehouse, a group of about 45 people sorted, boxed and loaded trucks with 5,500 lbs of bread and 7,700 lbs of frozen meats. An amazing accomplishment at the direction of the hardworking crew at Philabundance.
Hunger is an enormous issue here in the Delaware Valley and has been exacerbated by the weak economy. No matter the growing need, organizations like Philabundance have continued to serve any person or family that doesn’t have enough to eat. We were proud to help and very thankful for the volunteers who came out to support Wynnstay: Tom, Nancy, Corey, Pete, Maura, Jim, Rob, Jen, Courtney, Courtney, Jonathan, Wil, and Jesse. A special thanks to Maura for arranging and organizing the day well in advance. We plan to make this an annual occasion and hope you can join us again next year.