Food Justice: Feeding Our Souls

Friends of Farmworkers staff

Friends of Farmworkers staff

by Sierra Turner & Grid staff

Food is central to everyone’s life, but it doesn’t come easily to everyone’s table.  Whether it’s ensuring that none of our neighbors go hungry, or protecting the people who help to feed our community, volunteering can help nourish your soul.

Friends of Farmworkers

Friends of Farmworkers supports low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. Services include legal assistance, education and advocacy on employment-related issues to eligible Pennsylvania workers.   

Who you’ll help
Farmworkers throughout the state of Pennsylvania who are vulnerable to exploitation

Who they’re looking for
Attorneys and law students to help do client interviews, translate documents and create know-your-rights materials. They are particularly in need of volunteers who speak Spanish.

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

This organization strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education, provides resources to a network of food pantries, and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.

Who you’ll help
People who need help navigating food resources on a day-to-day or long-term basis

What you’ll do
Advocate for legislation to fight food insecurity, administrative office work, or serve at a soup pantry or kitchen

Philabundance

Providing food for approximately 90,000 people per week, Philabundance works closely with shelters and emergency kitchens and collaborates with national networks in an effort to eradicate hunger.

Who you’ll help
Some of the increasing number of families who are choosing between food and other necessities

What you’ll do
Get hands-on in the warehouse at the hunger relief center, glean food from local farms, work at the Fare & Square grocery store or participate in many other programs—you can also assist with office tasks to keep the whole operation going

Share

Originally a community food co-op that offered below-retail-price packages of food in exchange for two hours of volunteering, Share has grown into a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education and advocacy. Each year it distributes nearly 25 million pounds of emergency food relief to Philadelphia residents facing hunger.

Who you’ll help
An individual or family who needs access to nutritious, life-sustaining food

What you’ll do
Assist distribution, bagging and boxing at the Share warehouse, and even help with gardening. Groups are welcome, as are supervised teenagers.