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By Jim Cawley

Fighting Hunger, One Meal at a Time

Thu, May 05, 2016

volunteer celebrating at united2feed

Too many individuals – nearly 609,000 in our region alone – lack access to affordable, healthy food and don’t know where their next meal will come from.

But what does that number really look like? Who are the faces of hunger? It’s the father who skips meals so his children don’t go to bed hungry. The grandmother who only eats one meal a day so she can still afford her medication. The family who struggles to decide between heating their home or stocking their refrigerator for the week. We all deal with difficult situations, but not knowing how you will feed yourself or your family for another day should never be one of them.

To take a stand against hunger in our communities, 500 of our closest corporate and community volunteers joined United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for our fifth annual UNITED2FEED event at Valley Forge Casino Resort, where together we accomplished what none of us could achieve alone: packing 105,000 meals for 28,000 individuals and families in one day.

This year’s UNITED2FEED is over, but our work fighting hunger isn’t. We can’t end hunger in one day, but imagine the impact of what we all could do in 365 days. Continue the fight to ensure everyone has access to enough food. You can:

  • Donate a canned food item to a local food pantry.
  • Advocate for funding for VITA – the nation’s greatest anti-poverty program – and ensure that families can keep more of what they earn.
  • Volunteer across the region with one of our UNITED2FEED food partners.
  • Thank you for being UNITED2FEED! Together, we can continue changing lives and strengthening communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time.

    View photos from UNITED2FEED 2016.

    Special thanks to our sponsors, in-kind supporters and food partners for making UNITED2FEED possible: CSL Behring, Independence Blue Cross, Arkema, Bimbo Bakeries USA, UGI/AmeriGas, Kimberly-Clark, Enterprise Holdings, Beneficial Bank Foundation, UPS Chesapeake District, GIANT Food Stores, Aqua America, Inc., Wegmans, KicksUSA, Blank-Rome, Here’s My Chance, Synergetic Sound & Lighting, BDP International, Health Partners Plans Foundation, The Pizza Wagon Catering Co., Dump-N-Roll, Philly Pretzel Factory, Jules Thin Crust SHARE Food Program, Chester County Food Bank, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Food Bank of New Jersey, Philabundance, Family & Community Service of DelCo and CADCOM.