Philadelphia Hunger Facts (as reported in census data released on September 18, 2014):
~ Philadelphia’s poverty rate was 13.7 percent in 2013, the same as in 2012.
~ Of Pennsylvania’s 39 counties with populations greater than 60,000 persons, the poverty rate remains higher now (13.7%, 2013) than before the recession began (11.6%, 2007)
~ Pennsylvania’s food insecurity rate jumped 25% in the past decade (from 9.5% of households in 2001-03 to 11.9% in 2011-13).
~ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) remains a critical source of support for over 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, despite the fact that benefit cuts in Nov. 2013 left families with fewer dollars to buy food.
~ Food pantries are experiencing more demand, but are less equipped to help. For example, in 2013, there was a 7% increase in requests for emergency food assistance in Philadelphia, but the city’s emergency food assistance budget decreased 32%.
~ Passing the the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), CEP or Community Eligibility Provision enabled the Philadelphia District Schools to offer free lunch in all of its schools, plus an additional 99 public schools (68 School District schools and 31 charter schools), and 60 Archdiocesan schools.
My name is John Owens, and I’m Program Assistant Coordinator at Old First.
This upcoming April 9th is the 20th anniversary of the Hunger Walk hosted by Philadelphia’s Hunger Coalition. This year’s event will be different from years past: instead of hosting both a run and walk, organizers have advertised a walk to make this event a more meaning way to create awareness of the issue of Hunger. All walking together, it is hoped, will be a meaningful and more unifying event, that gathers a multitude of people to join in creating awareness towards Hunger, not just in Philadelphia, but in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
I would love, now, to extend an invitation to you to participate with Old First in this event. The money we raise is used to help us buy food need for Saturday mornings and the shelter.
We hope to have an outstanding group of parishioners and friends join us at the Philadelphia Art Museum and make our presence known in Philadelphia. If you’re interested in joining our team, and get your friend, family and colleagues to make a contribution for your walking, please contact me via my email (below). And please know that your friends, co-workers, etc are welcomed to join us. As we affirm at Old First, we’re striving to make a difference in people’s lives, and this walk will definitely impact lives in our city.
Please email me by 03/16/16 for registration info, and t-shirt info.
Program Assistant Coordinator