Dear Friends,

As the country transitions into a new administration, the Coalition team remains steadfast in our commitment to connecting families and individuals across the region to food resources. As we look towards spring, the Coalition team is beginning to focus on the 25th Annual Race Against Hunger! In preparation for the 25th Race, Derek Felton, the Coalition’s Community Organizer will be hosting two Fundraising Workshops for our food pantry and emergency food resource partners to share key tips and resources for this year’s virtual Race fundraising teams. Join us on January 28th and February 26th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. RSVP here to join us.

We are continuing to collect responses through January 30th to help us prepare for our upcoming Strategic Planning process. As members of the Coalition community, your feedback is essential during this first step in our process. Please share your thoughts with us here. The feedback tool includes 15 questions and will take 10-15 minutes depending on the length of your response. All responses are anonymous and confidential. 

Thank you!

 

Food Pantry and Soup Kitchens

As part of the Coalition’s VIP (Victory in Partnership) program, Food Rescue Program participants provided over 228,022 pounds of food and water to over 8080 area households and 23,870 people in 2020!

Policy and Advocacy

Big news on the SNAP front: USDA heard us! Earlier this week, the Department withdrew two damaging SNAP proposals – rules that you helped us fight! One, the proposed rule change that would have brought back an asset test and lowered PA’s income eligibility limits, would have taken SNAP away from more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians. The second, a proposed rule that would have changed how the cost of utilities would factor into a household’s SNAP benefit amount, would have taken an estimated $40 of food assistance away from over half-a-million PA households.

We thank you for raising your voice and applaud the leadership of our national partners FRAC, Feeding America, and CBPP, who made it possible for hundreds of thousands of us to register our opposition to these rules. As the national response to hunger evolves during the pandemic and during the long process of economic recovery, we will continue to need your help in fighting to protect and strengthen SNAP and other nutrition programs.

In Pennsylvania, yesterday the Department Of Human Services (DHS) released the first edition of its Racial Equity Report, Addressing Inequity And Anti-Racism Across Programs And Services. The report looks at DHS as an organization, its work, and systems, specifically covering health equity, economic justice, early childhood education, child welfare, and juvenile justice. DHS specifically notes, “The report is meant to establish a starting point for DHS and its partners to guide efforts moving forward.” We are pleased DHS has taken this step and will support its efforts as we undertake our own work to address systemic racism and inequities.

Lastly, next week, on January 26 at 6 pm, and again on January 28 at 11 am, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will host a webinar to provide information on the COVID-19 vaccine; updates on its mobile COVID-19 testing unit; and an overview of its COVID-19 testing map. The session will include an opportunity for Q&A, and closed captioning will be available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, French, and Vietnamese. You can register here

SNAP Hotline

Our SNAP Hotline continues to experience an increase in calls. Thank you to our volunteers and SNAP Hotline Team for their tireless efforts to support individuals and families as they navigate the SNAP application process! Our SNAP Hotline operates Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 215-430-0556.    

 

SAVE-THE-DATE: THE RACE AGAINST HUNGER

THE 25th ANNUAL RACE AGAINST HUNGER - APRIL 16, 2021 - APRIL 26, 2021 

The Coalition Against Hunger’s Virtual Race Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk (formerly known as the Walk Against Hunger) will kick off on February 1, 2021! Look for the official announcement on January 25, 2021! 

This year marks the Coalition’s 25th year of bringing together the community to raise funds that help combat hunger in the Philadelphia region. Our work is more important than ever as we continue to help so many people attempting to overcome the challenges of 2020. 

We hope we can count on you this year to support the Race Against Hunger in the following ways:

  1. Register to participate as a virtual runner or walker and either use our designated route to complete your 5K (3.1 miles) or complete it in your community. 
  2. Register a fundraising page or team under the Coalition’s Race Team to raise funds to support our work that helps so many people who are still struggling to put food on their tables.
  3. Do both! 

Details coming soon to www.phillyhungerrace.com.

WE ARE HIRING!

We’re looking for an Office Manager/Bookkeeper to support our work as a team with a focus on our operations, finance, and volunteer management areas. 

  • This is a multi-faceted position that includes bookkeeping, managing office systems, operations, IT, and management of the volunteer program for the organization.
  • Applicant must be flexible, a team player with a people focused approach, technology savvy, and a great problem solver.
  • This is a full time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director.  For more information visit the full job description here.
 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?  

We strive to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Hunger is preventable. Thank you for your continued support of our work! 

The Coalition Against Hunger Team

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
123 Chestnut Street Suite 401 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
215-430-0555 | info@hungercoalition.org

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