Food Drive for Philabundance December 2 – 15

Posted on December 5, 2013

The USFCU and Philabundance are once again teaming up to battle hunger in the Delaware Valley. From December 2 – 15, USFCU will be accepting donations of food items at our Main Office and Branches.  In addition to the goodwill of our community, for every food item received, the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union will donate $1 dollar toward Philabundance!  Up to $1,000!

USFCU is not battling hunger on its own. This year food donations will be accepted by our partner organizations at their respective Christmas Bazaars.

DECEMBER 14 -- 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center Christmas Bazaar
700 Cedar Road Jenkintown, PA 19046
 

DECEMBER 14 - - 10:00am – 4:30pm
Ukrainian League of Philadelphia Christmas Bazaar
800 N 23rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

 

HIGH-PRIORITY FOOD ITEMS

  • Canned/ Shelf-stable tuna
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Pasta
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fruit
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Hot Cereal 

Here is a little history of who Philabundance is, what they accomplish, and how we can help.

Philabundance’s mission for the past 25 years has been “to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to those in need in partnership with organizations and individuals.” A mission which they strive to fulfill through a distribution network of nearly 500 member agencies spread over nine counties.

When broken down the sheer numbers which this Philanthropy handles are astounding. In 2011 they acquired 21 million pounds of food, 19 million pounds of which were distributed about the Delaware Valley while another 2 million pounds went towards assisting other area food banks. This equates to serving 65,000 people per week.

Hunger Statistics (courtesy of Philabundance):

• There are over 900,000 individuals at risk of food insecurity each year in the Delaware Valley (Philabundance)

• Philabundance agencies have seen a 26% increase in need over the past year compared to a 22% increase from the year before. (Philabundance Agency Survey, 2011)

• In the last decade, the number of people living in poverty has greatly increased in every county in our service area, including our poorest county, Philadelphia (increase of 18.12%) to our most affluent county, Chester (36.04% increase). (2000 Census and 2010 American Community Survey 1 year estimates)

• An estimated 26.7% of the Philadelphia population lives in poverty. (2010 American Community Survey 1 year estimates)