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More Than Food on the Table

November 27th, 2010 - By Therese Madden

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For the hungry, a food pantry helps provide a needed meal. This group not only fills the shelves, but also keeps an eye to health and nutrition.


Check out this audio slideshow featuring Derek Felton who runs a food pantry in West Philadelphia. He also works as a community organizer for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. Felton sees food as a tool to bring people together for more than physical sustenance.

Credits: Photos by Jessica Kourkounis

RECIPE: Buy twice for this recipe and give the extra to your local food pantry.
-Helping Hand Salmon Patties

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