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Will Volunteer for Food

In People on April 30, 2012 at 1:01 am


Pat and Paul Mayhue have volunteered at the Northwestern Food Pantry in Albion, PA for four years. “We thought it was something we could do; it’s something we’re able to help out with.”

A couple years ago they hit a rough patch with their finances and had to choose between buying food and paying their bills, luckily the Northwestern Food Pantry was there to help.

They receive most if not all of their food from the food pantry. “We usually get a couple packs of meat, we get breads and cracks…” amongst many other things.

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Lending a Helping Hand

In Organizations on April 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm


Cindy Soltys is a retired mother of three. She has volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank every week for the past 20 years. “My husband works full time and he provides for us so I thought it was important to give something back.”

In an economy where people work two to three jobs to feed their families, they often need to utilize supplemental food programs like food pantries and soup kitchens.

However, some people are more fortunate because their lucky, they feel the need to give back to their communities.

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Growing up Hungry

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 1:33 am


Alison is a nursing student. She looks for work all day and goes to school at night. She’s also the mother of two young girls. She struggles to put food on the table.

Alison’s story is not unique. The epidemic of childhood hunger among working poor families all over the U.S. plagues the hearts, minds, and stomachs of thousands of children every year.

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