ELCA’s National Day of Service

ELCA’s National Day of Service

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

We will hold a food drive for our neighbors in the Delaware Valley on Sunday, September 14. Please bring non-perishable food items (pasta, canned beans, tuna, cereal, peanut butter, etc) to church for our food collection which will be donated to Philabundance.

We also need volunteers of all ages to help in 30-60 minutes shifts to collect food at Trader Joe’s in Media that day between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Sign-up sheet is in Narthex.

Call Carol S. at 610-312-3579 or email her with questions.

Philabundance could not serve 75,000 people each week without YOUR help. Thank you for being hunger heroes!

You can also donate financial support for Philabundance.  Up to $250 in contributions will be matched by our Holiday Offering Fund. Make checks payable to Reformation with a memo noting it is for Philabundance.


IMG_0898 IMG_0902

• “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9

• “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:17-18


Who does Philabundance Help?

Food insecurity—the lack of access to nutritious, affordable food—is present in every community in the Delaware Valley. From children and seniors to the increasing number of working poor, hunger affects nearly 900,000 people throughout the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides food to approximately 72,000 people per week through our network of nearly 500 member agencies including food cupboards, shelters,
emergency kitchen, and more.

We serve low income residents at risk of hunger and food insecurity, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens. These services are accessed by vulnerable populations such as those with disabilities or suffering from mental illness, as well as families slipping through the hunger safety net.

The Federal Poverty Line formula disregards the qualifying poor who receive food stamps but live above the poverty line. It also doesn’t acknowledge the working poor who make too much to collect welfare, but are unable to make ends meet, in spite of being part of the workforce.

In response to these challenges, Philabundance has taken a strong hold of the hunger issue in the Delaware Valley for over 30 years. By collaborating with the food industry and others committed to ending hunger, we are able to reach more people than ever before, with the goal to make nutritious food accessible to all.