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Coalition Against Hunger visits Rhawnhurst NORC

Three rep­res­ent­at­ives from the Co­ali­tion Against Hun­ger on Ju­ly 25 told mem­bers of the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity about ways needy people can ob­tain food as­sist­ance.

And, they said, there is a need.

For in­stance, Phil­abund­ance op­er­ates a year-round pro­gram called Fresh for All. Free pro­duce is dis­trib­uted every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, Sum­mer­dale and God­frey av­en­ues.

“People line up a few hours in ad­vance,” said Noelle Dames, the Co­ali­tion Against Hun­ger’s out­reach co­ordin­at­or for the Sup­ple­ment­al Nu­tri­tion As­sist­ance Pro­gram.

SNAP, once known as food stamps, is a fed­er­al pro­gram that provides as­sist­ance to low-in­come in­di­vidu­als.

Dames, whose agency is based at 1725 Fair­mount Ave., was joined by fel­low out­reach co­ordin­at­ors Ale­sha Hig­gins and Rachel Ais­trop.

They en­cour­aged seni­or cit­izens to con­tact or­gan­iz­a­tions that can help them re­ceive dis­coun­ted food.

Loc­al op­tions in­clude Aid For Friends (215-464-2224), the Ox­ford Vil­lage Food Cup­board (215-684-2489), Liv­ing Wa­ters United Church of Christ (267-388-6081), Feast of Justice (215-268-3510), North­east Fam­ily So­cial Ser­vices (215-624-5920), Mitzvah Food Pro­ject (215-832-0509) and the Klein JCC (215-698-7300, Ext. 197).

There are four loc­al farm­ers’ mar­kets. They are loc­ated at the Frank­ford Trans­port­a­tion Cen­ter (Tues­days from 2 to 6 p.m., Ju­ly to Oc­to­ber); 900 E. How­ell St. in Ox­ford Circle (Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m., June to Oc­to­ber); 3024 By­berry Road (Sat­urdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June to Oc­to­ber); and Frank­ford and Ry­an av­en­ues in May­fair (every oth­er Sunday start­ing on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Much of the in­form­a­tion dis­cussed at the meet­ing was con­tained in bro­chures handed out dur­ing a re­cent door-to-door can­vass of homes near Tarken Play­ground in Ox­ford Circle.

Each per­son at last week’s meet­ing re­ceived Philly Food Bucks in the form of three $2 coupons for fruits and ve­get­ables at those mar­kets.

“They of­fer ex­cel­lent ways to stretch your budget,” Dames said.

Dames wel­comes calls to her of­fice at 215-430-0556 to de­term­ine eli­gib­il­ity for SNAP.

“It’s really on a case-by-case basis,” she said. “We’re try­ing to make the pro­cess sim­pler, but we can’t bend the rules. We don’t en­dorse food stamp fraud.”

Dames, Hig­gins and Ais­trop awar­ded T-shirts, an in­flat­able lunch bag and oth­er prizes to people who answered ques­tions cor­rectly. A wo­man won a neck pil­low for guess­ing that two-thirds of seni­or cit­izens eli­gible for food stamps have not ap­plied to re­ceive them. An­oth­er per­son won garden gloves for say­ing that Philly Food Bucks are avail­able at farm­ers’ mar­kets.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.hun­ger­co­ali­tion.org

In oth­er news from the Ju­ly 25 meet­ing:

• The Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood Civic As­so­ci­ation will hold a com­munity cel­eb­ra­tion on Sat­urday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Max My­ers Play­ground, at 1601 Heller­man St. The day will in­clude food, mu­sic and ex­hib­its by com­munity groups. Call 215-205-2167.

• Ner Zedek Syn­agogue, at 7520 Bustleton Ave., will host a per­form­ance of Broad­way Sings on Monday, Sept. 2, at 1:30 p.m. The show will fea­ture Broad­way stars in con­cert. Tick­ets cost $36. Call Jack Be­l­it­sky at 215-725-2912.

• The Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, at 6500 Tabor Ave., will host a flea mar­ket and cloth­ing sale on Tues­day, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items on sale will in­clude fur­niture, jew­elry, knick­knacks, books, puzzles and games. The sale will take place in PPH’s so­cial hall. Call 215-697-8000.

• The Rhawn­hurst NORC will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 22, at noon at Ner Zedek Syn­agogue. The guest speak­ers will be fin­an­cial ad­visers Wade Hartz and Patrick Far­rell, who’ll speak on Leav­ing Your Leg­acy.

The meet­ing after that is set for Wed­nes­day, Sept. 25, at noon at Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church, at 7701 Lor­etto Ave. Guest speak­er So­nia DeVan will ad­dress Af­ford­able Care Act — What Does It Mean For Seni­ors?

Each event costs $5 and in­cludes a box lunch, bever­age, side salad and dessert. To RS­VP, call 215-320-0351. ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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