May 12, 2020

Helping hungry families during the COVID-19 crisis

2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has quickly adapted our operations during these unprecedented times to support those most affected during the COVID-19 crisis. 

As more of our family, friends, and neighbors are losing their jobs, people who have never faced food insecurity are being forced to contemplate how to make ends meet. Some must immediately look for food resources, as they apply for assistance through SNAP, unemployment, and more. We hear their anxiety as we talk with them on the SNAP Hotline and as we work to support our local food pantry and soup kitchen partners. Our primary goal right now is to connect as many people as we can to the food resources they need. 

This year due to COVID-19, for the first time in 24 years, we were forced to shift our annual Race Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk to a virtual event to ensure the safety of our volunteers, team members, and participants. Funds raised will support technology upgrades to our SNAP Hotline to help us manage a significant increase in the number of calls we are receiving from thousands of people who have recently lost their jobs and are in need of food stamps. It will also help us expand our efforts to assist the region’s food pantry and soup kitchen partners currently struggling to keep up with the high demand for food and finding safe ways to deliver it to people who need it. Fundraising for the Coalition’s Race Against Hunger runs until May 31, 2020.

2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 2
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 2
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 3
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 3
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 4
2020 Virtual Race Against Hunger 4

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Jan 10, 2020

Breakfast: A Necessity for Every School-aged Child

School Days
School Days

Every morning 8-year old Louise wakes up, washes her face and brushes her teeth. She gets dressed, kisses her Mom goodbye and heads off to school. What she doesn’t do is eat breakfast; she leaves the house each day with an empty stomach. Her Mom, Linda, earns $9.15 an hour as a cashier at a local convenience store. She doesn’t earn enough to buy a full week’s worth of groceries for her family. So, Louise travels to school and waits for lunch to eat her FIRST meal of the day.

Louise and her Mom are one of many families in Pennsylvania that struggle with having enough food to eat each day. Close to 700,000 low-income children eat school lunch in Pennsylvania. But over half of those kids (56%) aren’t getting school breakfast. And when kids skip breakfast, it can affect their health as well as their ability to learn in school.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but far too many low-income children aren’t getting the nutrition they need in school. 

Since 1996, The Coalition Against Hunger has worked to help families receive the help that they need to put food on their tables. We advocate and support children like Louise who come to school with an empty stomach and try to get through morning classes—so that they can eat a free school lunch.

The Coalition is a lead partner of the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge, an effort to build awareness, support better student health and increase the number of schools that offer a breakfast option for students during the school year. To date, 1,100 schools have registered for the Challenge, with a total enrollment of more than 688,000 students.

Thanks to supporters like you, we’re ensuring all students have access to school breakfast so more children have the nutrition they need to succeed in school.

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Sep 23, 2019

The Fight to Combat Food Insecurity in Philadelphia Continues!

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Coalition Against Hunger hosted its fifth annual Good Food for All Conference, an event that welcomes hunger fighters, food educators, people who are facing food insecurity, and advocates for food access to a day-long session of workshops aimed at opening up a conversation about food insecurity in Philadelphia.

More than 730,000 face food insecurity in the Philadelphia area. One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger.

This makes the mission of the Coalition Against Hunger so vital! Founded in 1996, the Coalition strives to build a community where every person has the food they need to lead a healthy life. We connect people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provide resources to a network of food pantries; and educate the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.

 
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