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Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Event

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today joined local elected officials for the grand opening celebration of the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). The 20,000 square foot facility is PCK’s first location in its 20-year history not shared with another entity.“In a year that has contained a great deal of hardship, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate a new beginning,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nothing could be more appropriate than celebrating with the Philabundance community. Philabundance has remained a steadfast partner in my administration’s commitment to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to plentiful, nutritious food.”PCK is a 16-week culinary training and life skills program, providing opportunities to adults with no- to low income who need not just a job, but a second chance at life. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them for and connecting them to work in the food service industry and allows them to give back by preparing meals for those in need.The proceeds of PCKatering, PCK’s social enterprise, benefit students, graduates and neighbors facing hunger.At its height during COVID, PCK was providing up to 4,500 additional meals per week. These meals are distributed to a range of community agencies, including outreach meals for Project Home, the City of Philadelphia, a temporary shelter in Kensington, the Woodstock Shelter in North Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope and Federation Housing.The Wolf Administration has lodged a concerted, multi-agency effort to help those in need of food during this pandemic. Many Pennsylvanians who never required food assistance found themselves in need during these unprecedented times. Food pantries, food banks, and organizations across the state sought help to make food available and accessible.Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experienced chronic hunger every day, including about 437,000 children.According to new projections from Feeding America, the pandemic has helped push that number to more than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including nearly 630,000 children.Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks have reported significant increases in the need for food assistance in their communities, with an average 65 percent increase in demand.“We know that emergency feeding efforts are just one part of a comprehensive food security strategy, and proactive, empowering programs such as PCK truly help attack the issue of hunger right at its roots, with results stretching across generations,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the program’s monumental growth and the possibility that it represents.”Philabundance received $2 million in RACP funds to construct the 19,960 square foot, free-standing facility that includes 10,000 square feet of space for production and a training kitchen – both USDA certified; office and classroom space; locker rooms; ample storage and refrigeration; and flexible community space.As the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, Philabundance plays an essential role in helping Pennsylvanians weather the COVID-19 crisis.“We are still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still trying to keep our case numbers down, still waiting for a vaccine,” Gov. Wolf said. “But in the past several months we have also reopened the commonwealth. We have begun to explore a new way of living life in Pennsylvania.“And so, it is a great pleasure for me and Frances to join in celebrating the grand opening of the Philabundance Community Kitchen’s new facility. PCK is a place that understands new beginnings and second chances.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 22, 2020center_img Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Eventlast_img read more

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REMAX Home Sales Prices Rise in October as Inventory Creates Concern

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2012-11-20 Esther Cho RE/MAX: Home Sales, Prices Rise in October as Inventory Creates Concern November 20, 2012 440 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img In October, home prices and sales increased compared to 2011 levels, while inventory remained a concern, “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/ revealed in a recent report.[IMAGE]The company’s housing data is based on a survey of multiple listing service data in 52 metropolitan areas. The median sales price in October 2012 stood at $158,900, a 3.7 percent decrease from September but a 2.1 percent increase from October 2011. The year-over-year increase is the ninth straight month of annual gains. Out of the 52 metro areas surveyed, RE/MAX reported 48 experienced yearly price gains and 18 posted double-digit increases. [COLUMN_BREAK]Phoenix saw a 33.9 percent price increase from last year, while San Francisco trailed behind closely with 31.2 percent increase. Home sales managed to post increases both yearly and monthly in October, which RE/MAX says is “”an impressive performance since seasonal patterns typically see a slight drop from September to October.”” Month-over-month, sales moved higher by 5.4 percent and were also up by 17.8 percent from October 2011. Out of the 52 metros, 48 experienced yearly increases in sales, with Providence seeing a 48 percent increase, followed by Chicago (+44 percent); Albuquerque (+39.3 percent); Burlington, Virginia; (+37 percent); and Wichita, Kansas (+32.2 percent). Inventory in October declined monthly and yearly. Compared to September, inventory was down by 6.3percent, marking the 28th consecutive month of monthly declines. Since October 2011, inventory has fallen 28.9 percent. The months of remaining inventory was 5.2 in October, down from 7.7 last year. With inventory down, the average number of days homes remained low at 82, down from 95 days last year and the lowest average since June 2010. Metro areas with a significantly low supply of inventory include San Francisco (1.1), Los Angeles (1.5), Orlando (2.4), and Denver (2.4), and Washington, D.C. (2.5). Sharelast_img read more

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