There’s little in life that COVID-19 hasn’t changed. But while we all anxiously await a new normal, people in our communities continue to face harsh realities made even more challenging during a pandemic. Realities like not knowing where their next meal is coming from or making tough choices between keeping a roof over a family’s head or food on the table.
So while United2Feed will look a little different this year because of social distancing - no large gatherings of 500 volunteers at Valley Forge Casino Resort, no packing of 7,000 food boxes - the intent behind it to prepare 105,000 meals remains the same. We’re still committed to helping the 717,000 of our neighbors who face hunger every day by partnering with SHARE Food Program and other food partners to elevate their ability to put food in the hands of those who need it the most.
The pandemic has made the need for emergency food even more urgent. SHARE Food Program estimates that they will serve at least 30% more individuals in the coming months, while Philabundance, which also provides emergency food relief, reports seeing an increase in need of about 60% across their entire network.
Clearly, the need is great, but the commitment and togetherness our region has shown through these uncertain times is greater. To make sure more people in our region have access to the food they need - now in response to COVID, and every day, we’re proud to partner with companies in our region to address food insecurity in Greater Philadelphia. Special thanks to ARKEMA, Bimbo Bakeries and UGI Corporation for stepping up as early leaders in this work. For more information on how your company can support the effort, contact Elizabeth Maninfior .
No one should have to worry about where their next meal will come from, but that was the reality for 20% of our neighbors before COVID - and that number has undoubtedly grown in the wake of the virus. Together, we can help make a difference for our hungry neighbors. Together, we are still United2Feed.