Hunger cuts across all lines we draw and no zip code is immune, noted keynote speaker lawyer Nikki Johnson-Huston.
The hopes are to open America’s first non-profit grocery store next Spring in Chester, the first grocery store there in more than a decade.
The US Department Agriculture says 50 million people went hungry last year.
In about a year, the organization says it hopes to open a new 13,000-square-foot “Fare and Square” grocery store. It is believed to be the first supermarket in the country operated by a food aid group as a nonprofit venture.
Philabundance has had its eye on the building for some time and has been working to raise $4.5-million to try to buy it and open it up as a grocery store that will also serve as a food center.
Philabundance has just received a huge contribution toward its effort to open up a grocery operation in the city of Chester.
“So we’re seeing waves – where those food stamp benefits run out and people are coming to the cupboards at the end of the month,” Philabundance president Bill Clark says.
27-percent of Philadelphians live below the poverty line. It’s a number that has risen four percent in the last 10 years, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report, released today.
Bill Clark had 22 points and Duquesne limited No. 19 Temple to 31 percent shooting in winning its sixth consecutive game, 78-66 on Saturday.