Dear Friends –
This past year has been exciting and productive as Sunday Suppers lays the foundation for broadening our program. We are doubling our efforts in the Kensington area by offering two cohorts per year and will be opening a second site in early 2018. But because hunger and poverty rates in Philadelphia remain the highest among the nation’s 10 largest cities, we feel compelled to expand our reach even further.
Our goal is to add a new site every year, to touch more families and continue to bolster the skills and competency of our alumni, so that they can become the next generation of program leaders. It has always been my vision to have community members staff our program, as they are the ones who have experienced the challenges faced by others in their community.
Sunday Suppers is making a demonstrable impact on the health and well-being of our participants. Families eat more fresh foods, use healthier cooking techniques, drink fewer sugary beverages, and eat together more often. They also report enhanced communication and cohesiveness within their own families, while becoming part of a larger, supportive Sunday Suppers community.
Sunday Suppers grew out of my fundamental belief that everyone has the right to healthy and affordable food that they can share as a family. By providing skills, information, and support in a nurturing atmosphere of dignity and respect, families can reach their individualized goals for enriching and improving their lives.
To strengthen the health and well-being of families through the transformative power of family meals.
Our work this past year would never have been possible without the generosity of so many: friends, foundations, volunteers, and in-kind donors. Thank you. Please join me in celebrating our successes and supporting us as we embark on the next phase of our work.
Together we can make a difference,