Recent global events have led to some swift changes in our daily lives. Many employers have transitioned to remote work models. Individuals have found the time to enjoy their interests and seek out new hobbies. Curbside service and delivery services have gained popularity. Yet, there are still many negative impacts that have unsettled our communities. One of the most significant in the Philadelphia area is the unfortunate rise in food insecurity.
For Phildelphians who are on fixed incomes, disability or economically disadvantaged, the effects of the pandemic made their tough situations even more challenging. In the past two years, the pandemic has led to job loss, reduced steady income and disruptions in benefits.
The bright side of this unfortunate situation is that Phildelphians have a reputation for helping one another. It’s how we earned “The City of Brotherly Love” moniker.
If you’re interested in putting an end to food insecurity in our community (but you’re unsure where to donate food in Philadelphia), there are many great local organizations you can support. Here are a few of them.
Philabundance – South Philadelphia
One of the city’s most beloved organizations, Philabundance has been helping to feed our community since 1984. Originally a one-person operation that delivered food to the disadvantaged from a compact car, Philabundance has grown exponentially over the years.
A member of Feeding America, the country’s leading network of food banks, Philabundance offers plenty of opportunities for the community to help fight hunger in the city. Concerned citizens can donate money online or donate food at one of their collection centers or food drives.
If you really want to get involved, Philabundance is always looking for committed volunteers to help with their daily operations and numerous events.
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger – Old City Philadelphia
Operating under the principle that “Hunger is preventable”, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger aims to end food insecurity in every zip code of the city.
For over 25 years, this organization has strengthened the community by connecting individuals and families with food assistance programs, providing access to a network of local food pantries, and presenting our elected officials with viable solutions to food insecurity.
Philadelphians who want to help the coalition and its cause can do so by donating online at any time. If you can donate food and/or nonperishable items, the coalition can connect you with numerous food pantries in the Philadelphia area. You can even help out by donating a used car or stock!
At Reinhold Residential, we’re committed to helping our residents live their best lives – and to pay it forward to those who need help in our beloved city.