Help hungry families afford the food they need

 
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Feb 28, 2011

An Update from the Coalition Against Hunger

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Dear GlobalGiving Friends:

Thanks to your support, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has made great strides in ensuring all children have the nutritious food they need to lead healthy lives. Last year, we:

  • Helped nearly 5,000 people in Philadelphia apply for benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), so they could buy food for their families.
  • Provided more than 100 local food pantries and soup kitchens with funding, kitchen equipment and trainings to help them better meet the growing need in their communities.
  • Successfully advocated to protect Philadelphia’s Universal Feeding Program, which provides free school meals to more than 110,000 children in high-poverty schools.

And we're constantly looking for new, innovative ways to help families put food on their tables. Last summer, more than 25,000 low-income mothers and children were able to buy more fresh produce, under a joint public-private initiative coordinated by the Coalition Against Hunger.

The WIC Farmers' Market Project provided participants in the federal WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program with $80 in farmers’ market vouchers—quadruple the amount historically allotted. Families could redeem their vouchers for fruits and vegetables at more than 30 farmers’ markets in Philadelphia. Not only did the project help families buy healthier foods, it pumped nearly $1.3 million into local farms throughout the region.

We couldn’t have done any of this without supporters like you, who share our commitment and passion to ending hunger in our communities. We will continue to update you with our progress in the fight against hunger in the months ahead.

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Laura Wall

Philadelphia, PA United States

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