This Is Hunger Exhibit
Next Peer Learning Circle is March 3
The next meeting of your Pantry Peer Learning Circle is scheduled for FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD. The focus of this meeting will be on how you can get more fresh produce into your pantry, a topic that has come up repeatedly in surveys and conversations. Our Fearless Facilitator Robin and I are putting together the agenda and will pass along more details soon.
We’ll also continue hosting our optional lunch after the meeting. However, for this lunch Philabundance staff will present a 2 hour Serv-Safe for Food Banks training to all participants who stay. ServSafe for Food Banks is a safe food handling program specifically geared toward organizations providing emergency food to families in need. The program highlights key steps you can take to improve the storage and distribution of product at your pantry to ensure your community receives food that is safe for their families. Due to the length of the training, lunch will be extended until 2:30pm. The foundation will again provide lunch.
Meeting Details
Date:     Friday, March 3rd  
Time:     9:00am – 12:00pm (Registration, coffee and light breakfast starting at 8:30am)
               12:00pm – 2:30pm Optional lunch and Serv-Safe for Food Banks training
Place:    Community Partners Center for Health and Human Services
               Walton Room
2506 N. Broad Street
               Colmar, PA  18915
Please RSVP to Tamela Luce at if you plan to attend both the meeting and the lunch, or just the meeting. If you intend to stay for lunch, please also let Tamela know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Exhibit in thePhiladelphia Region

Next month, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger will feature This Is Hunger, a travelling exhibit that illustrates hunger's impact on communities.

This Is Hunger is a high-impact, experiential installation on wheels—literally, it’s a big rig. When the 53-foot-long double expandable trailer is parked and open on both sides, it provides nearly 1,000 square feet of interior space to take participants on a two-part journey: to understand the stark reality of hunger in America and to take action to end hunger once and for all.

  • Part One: Illuminate—Participants enter the truck and are invited to sit at a communal table to meet, virtually, real people struggling with hunger. Portraits are projected at each end of the table, one by one, as they share their stories in their own words and in their own voices.
  • Part Two: Advocate—At the conclusion of Part One: Illuminate, participants will be invited to engage in activities and experiences that will deepen their awareness about the complexities of being hungry and invite them to join MAZON in educating the rest of our nation and advocating for change.

This Is Hunger will be at several locations in the Delaware Valley:

For more information, please visit
Walk Against Hunger April 8
Mark your calendar! This year's Walk Against Hunger is scheduled for April 8 at its new location, Lincoln Financial Field!

This is a proven fund-raising strategy for local food pantries. Your food pantry can easily create and customize a team page on the Coalition Against Hunger Walk Against Hunger website, so your community walkers, friends and families can register and pledge their support.
The Thomas' Walk Against Hunger is a fun-filled event that raised much-needed funds for more than 100 local food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Together these programs help hundreds of thousands of local families put food on their tables every day.

This year, the event will take place at Lincoln Financial Field for the for the first time! Walkers will get the opportunity to walk on the track around the actual field inside the stadium. There will be entertainment, food, kids activities and FREE parking.

Each year $250,000 is raised for food pantries, soup kitchens and other hunger relief agencies. The Thomas' Walk Against Hunger also benefits the region's leading hunger-relief agencies, like the Coalition Against Hunger, Philabundance, and CADCOM. Funds raised, minus small administrative fees, are returned to the food pantries.

For more information visit:
Free Advocacy Training at Ursinus College
In conjunction with Project Pericles, Ursinus College is once again hosting Debating for Democracy (D4D), an interactive workshop that helps both novice and experienced activists develop the tools necessary to effect social change.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  It is being held on Saturday, February 11h from 10am to 4pm at Ursinus College.  Ursinus would love if you and/or staff or volunteers from your organization would be able to join them.
Attendees must register ahead of time, and should plan on attending the workshop in its entirety. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee throughout the day will be provided.  Here is the registration link:  Attendees should come a little before 10am to check in and grab some breakfast.
We are excited to have Mackenzie Price from the FrameWorks Institute as the workshop trainer. The workshop encourages participants to learn how to recognize problematic and optimal framing strategies, practice constructing messages, and explores the potential of frame analysis in building campaigns and coalitions. Skills from the workshop are readily transferable and workshop attendees learn techniques that can be applied to a wide variety of pressing economic, political, and social issues.
If you have questions or if you are planning to attend, please contact Katie Turek at


Sign-On to Safeguard Federal Nutrition Programs
The President and Congress are considering proposals that would have a devastating impact on people at risk of hunger. Now is the time to insist that the President and Congress commit to a strong and effective nutrition safety net for all Americans.

All major national anti-hunger organizations have signed on to a letter calling upon our federal officials to protect and defend food and nutrition programs. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has signed on to this letter, as well as a state specific letter, and we ask that your organization join us in this effort.

Please help us demonstrate the deep and diverse support for these important programs. Will you join us?

Support the national letter. To sign your organization to the national sign-on letter today, please click this link:

Support the state letter. To sign your organization to the Pennsylvania sign-on letter today, please click this link:

Thank you for taking the time today to advocate for our neighbors who struggle to put food on their tables. We appreciate your support.
Please take a moment to share among your network.
The Eastern MontCo Pantry Coalition will meet at 9 AM on Monday March 6 2017 at Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Contact Pat Druhan at to get information about upcoming meetings.

The InterCounty Food Network will meet at 2 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, 57 N Franklin St., Pottstown PA. For more information, contact Sean Breslin at

The Nutrition Coalition will meet at 9 AM on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Manna on Main Street, 606 E Main St, Lansdale PA. Contact Britt Peterson for more information at

Advocates Against Hunger will meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Montgomery County Foundation, 4 Sentry Parkway, East, Suite 302, Blue Bell PA 19422. Contact Kary LaFors at for more information.

The Main Line Coalition will meet in early 2017. Contact Pat Druhan at to get information about upcoming meetings.

That’s all, thanks everyone!
MAHN Newsletter, December 2016
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