Posts in 'Food'

An old barn and silo.
Improving health can’t be done in silos. We at HealthSpark Foundation have long recognized there are many factors that contribute to one’s health. Where you live, what you eat, what you do for a living and how much you earn – these all contribute to your health. Unfortunately, we are seeing this...
A gardener wearing a hat and gloves bends down to plant seedlings in a raised bed. A fence and red barn are in the background.
Chester County Food Bank manages raised bed gardens at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, where volunteers help grow food specifically for the organization's constituents. Courtesy photo used in article. As we’ve explored this month , poverty is unexpectedly present in Philly’s suburban counties —...
Three people, likely a mom and a dad with a young child, sit around a table eating. Mom is also holding a small toddler who appears to be sleeping.
Photo by www.chorusphotography.com , copyright 2019. Habitat for Humanity's financial literacy class. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The following article from Generocity details one of our foundation's recent Innovation Lab grants ....
Three people sifting through fresh produce in a parking lot.
Photo by Jessica Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer. Philabundance is embarking on a far-reaching plan to attack hunger. Ambitiously titled “Ending Hunger. For Good,” the initiative will involve Philabundance’s collaborating with partners who provide social services to low-income...
We commissioned Bee, Bergvall & Co. to create this toolkit to help food pantries better manage their finances and learn how to use their financial reports in planning. This updated toolkit builds upon two previous financial management toolkits – one for standalone pantries and one for faith-based...

4th Annual MontCo Anti-Hunger Network Conference

The MontCo Anti-Hunger Network hosted its 4th annual countywide conference on May 18, 2018. Montgomery County Commissioners Dr. Valerie Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence shared their support of the MAHN's work to maximize the acquistion and distribution of nutritious food to those in need. More than 80 attendees participated in idea sharing and problem solving exercises to improve the supplemental food system in the county.

HealthSpark Coordinates First-Ever Countywide Pantry Client Survey

Foundation staff coordinated an to survey consumers at food pantries throughout Montgomery County. More than 1,300 surveys were collected from 18 pantries. The results will inform individual pantry operations as well as system planning by the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network.

Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy gives Sen. Bob Casey a tour of their food pantry. All photos by Tamela Luce.
POTTSTOWN >> U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stopped by a Pottstown food bank Monday on his way to cast his vote on a farm bill package that could cut the food stamp benefits on which so many of those using the food bank depend.
Philabundance created this resource to help food pantries and other organizations working in emergency food and the safety net to effectively recruit, train and manage volunteers. Whether a pantry has too many volunteers, or not enough, this toolkit will help organizations put policies and...
Philabundance created this resource to help food pantries and other organizations working in emergency food and the safety net to become effective anti-hunger advocates. In the current environment, it is important for all those who care about safety net services - such as the Supplemental Nutrition...