Partnering to End Food Insecurity
VNA Philadelphia President and CEO, Elwood (Woody) Hungarter, RN, BSN, MS, announced the first delivery of 550 pounds of food donated by Philabundance for distribution to our patients in need back in 2019. The first delivery included potatoes, broccoli, and cantaloupes. Field clinicians identify their patients in need and make the deliveries during their visits to provide care.
VNA Philadelphia’s partnership with Philabundance began in January, 2019. Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley. This partnership was the first of several partnerships to help address the significant food insecurity faced in the communities we live, work and serve.
Since then, VNA’s food pantry has experienced tremendous growth. In June 2019, our food pantry began providing frozen meals through our partnership with Caring for Friends. Caring for Friends’ mission to serve is grounded in the simple philosophy of “food and friendship.” Their food bank and senior meals program through their volunteer network provides food and friendship to seniors, children and families in the five counties of Greater Philadelphia.
In August, 2020, VNA’s food pantry once again expanded to include shelf stable foods such as pasta, rice, peanut butter, can goods, cereal, and nutritional supplements.
We have welcomed community partners such as the SHARE food program, AIM High Studio in Norristown (for their supplemental food pantry and volunteer support of their local soup kitchen), Mercy Gate Church in Northeast Philadelphia, Christ’s Home Children’s Services in Warminster, PA, and Uplift Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia. Our community partners have helped us extend our reach to those who are most in need.
VNA Philadelphia continues to strive to develop community partnerships while sustaining our food pantry in its impact on the communities suffering from extreme food insecurity. In 2021, we established new partnerships with the Salvation Army- Kroc Center and Tabernacle and BEBASHI- Transition to Hope in Philadelphia.
VNA’s food pantry is the core of our Population Health Program. Our Population Health Program’s mission has been to identify the community needs of our patients, develop community partnerships and explore business development opportunities. Our goal is to help improve the overall health and well-being and quality of lives for our patients and the communities in which we serve.
Please note: The types of food available will vary. If you are interested in receiving food, call 215-473-0776.
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