New Report Finds Hunger Grips Many Philadelphia Families

August 12, 2011—-Senator Larry Farnese today reminded Philadelphians that he is working with Philabundance to provide Emergency Food Boxes (Eboxes) to families in need.

According to a new study by the The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), many Philadelphia families, including some in South Philadelphia, are among the hungriest in the United States.  FRAC is the leading antihunger nonprofit in the nation.

Eboxes are Philabundance’s response to the increasing emergency calls from people who need immediate access to food. They are meant to serve as an immediate “emergency” measure to hold a household over until they can be connected with additional resources and support

Eboxes are available by calling Philabundance at 1-800-319-3663 for a referral and then picking up a box at Senator Farnese’s District office at 1802 South Broad St.

Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four to last for about three days. The contents of an E-Box will vary depending on what food Philabundance has readily available. E-Boxes will usually contain the following items:

  • hot and cold breakfast cereals
  • shelf-stable milk
  • canned meat and fish
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • bagged/boxed grains
  • macaroni and cheese

The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance on an on-going basis. Ebox recipients must provide basic household and income information, but it is on a self-declared basis.

“I want to partner with Philabundance as part of its effort to combat hunger in my district,” said Senator Farnese.  “Our sinking economy has left many people struggling.  The Ebox program will help serve those in our community who need it the most.”