First Lady Frances Wolf Highlights Anti-Hunger Efforts at Philabundance Community Kitchen Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 06, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today commended Philabundance for its commitment to ending hunger in the commonwealth at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Philabundance Community Kitchen project in North Philadelphia. She was joined at the ceremony by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, Congressman Dwight Evans and Congressman Brendan Boyle, as well as community members and anti-hunger advocates from across the state.

“Alleviating hunger in Pennsylvania has long been a personal priority for Tom and me,” the First Lady said. “We have taken an active approach to ensuring Pennsylvanians have adequate access to the food they need – and we are both so proud to support the development of this new Community Kitchen project.”

“Too many of our neighbors—nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians—face the threat of hunger every day. In an agricultural state as rich and diverse as ours, we have the power and resources to change that narrative. We look forward to continuing to work with Philabundance and other partners across the state in this most important mission.”

Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, serving 90,000 individuals and families across 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey each week with a mission to drive hunger from communities today and end hunger forever. One third of individuals served by Philabundance each week are children and 15% are seniors. Others served include working parents, veterans and college students. Philabundance serves the public through a network of approximately 350 agencies as well as their own programs, including Philabundance Community Kitchen.

“Philabundance is excited to have a new home for Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). Thanks to this new facility, we will be able to more than double our impact by training more people to work in the culinary industry and providing more meals to the community,” said Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance. “Thanks to the Commonwealth’s support, we will be able to continue working towards our mission of ending hunger for good.”

Last year, Governor Wolf announced $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding for Philabundance to construct this new Community Kitchen facility.

Initially established in 2000, Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is an intensive adult culinary arts vocational training program that prepares no- to low-income adults for jobs in the food service industry. In addition to culinary training, the 14-week program provides critical life skills to 80-100 students annually to promote self-sufficiency and job placement in a commercial kitchen setting. In its production kitchen, PCK also prepares critically-needed meals for area agencies and community kitchens serving people in need. Through food service contracts with city agencies and shelters, PCK serves over 250,000 meals annually to our most vulnerable residents, providing a total of 4 million meals since inception.

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