The latest episode of Flame to Table features mouth-watering dishes and chefs hard at work, but these meals are served to people in need. We recently visited Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, to spotlight how they are working to end hunger and helping train a new generation of chefs.

Philabundance prepares three hot meals for local residents living in a North Philadelphia shelter. A key ingredient to making the vital and nutritious meals for those facing hardships is natural gas and Philabundance Community Kitchen students.

Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 14-week culinary vocational training program that has transformed the lives of low-income women and men since 2000. PCK promotes self-sufficiency by preparing students to work in commercial kitchens. It also includes teaching, life skills, which help students secure a job and a second chance at life.

At the time of filming, Philabundance was competing in the annual Philadelphia Foundation grant competition. The Flame to Table team knew that every vote mattered and produced a unique video that could be widely shared and help garner support.

Thanks to our video promoting their work, Philabundance took home the second-place prize and $100,000 in the Foundation’s Key to Community Grant.  The grant will go towards expanding PCK’s enrollment, staffing and educational opportunities after it moves to a new home in spring 2020.

We take pride in helping those who serve our local communities in need.  This is just one more way that We Work for Philadelphia.