Here at La Salle, we have a service group known as Pheed Philadelphia. Two of the coordinators, Molly Mahon and Becca Long, spoke about the service that Pheed Philadelphia offers.
Pheed Philadelphia was started in 2011 when two organizations, Food Kitchen and Homeless Outreach, joined together.
Mahon and Long provided statistics on the hunger issue in Philadelphia. Here are some of the statistics:
- 1 out of 8 people go to bed hungry every night; most of these people live in rural areas and most of these people are farmers.
- The leading cause of child mortality is malnutrition and 1 in every 3 children that die is under the age of 5.
- Philadelphia is ranked number 8 in the United States in cities that don’t have enough food.
- 49% of homeless people in Philadelphia do not have shelter.
- 20% don’t have food assistance; a huge percentage is employed and not receiving enough to sustain a family.
Some of the places Pheed Philadelphia volunteers at are Face to Face, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, St. Francis Inn, and Blessed Sarnell House. The commonality among these places where Pheed Philadelphia volunteers is that they focus on the dignity component.