Brandywine students encourage campus to feed hungry children in Philly

July 07, 2008

Did you know that Philadelphia has one of the highest child poverty rates in our nation? Local food pantries help to alleviate child poverty and hunger, but donations often suffer in the summertime as people are more likely to donate during the cold winter months. This summer has been especially tough since federal funding for food pantries has been cut, and the failing economy has slowed individual donations even more than usual.

One of Penn State Brandywine’s own faculty members, Arnold Markley, regularly volunteered for a soup kitchen in Philadelphia, prior to an illness in January. In honor of his work, the campus will help raise donations and feed hungry children in the Philadelphia area.

Food donations may be dropped off at Brandywine's Vairo Library from July 7-19. Non-perishable items may include child-sized juice boxes, canned fruits or vegetables, beans, tomato products, flour, sugar, cereal, or peanut butter. Many grocery stores will be having their 10 for $10 sales, which will be perfect to help stock up on donations.

To learn more about poverty and hunger in the Philadelphia area from the region's largest food donation organization, Philabundance, please visit

Library hours for food donation drop-off:

-- Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
-- Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
-- Saturday: 10 a.m-2 p.m.
-- Sunday: closed

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Last Updated March 19, 2009