Founded in 1682, Philadelphia is known for playing a key role in the history of our nation during the American Revolution – it’s where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed into action. There are several museums and historical attractions where students will learn about the Liberty Bell and walk in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers.
Students will also visit and learn about the National Constitution Center, a museum and education center established by Congress designed to “disseminate information about the United Sates Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people”.
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We engage students in meaningful service projects easily and swiftly. For example, after your students enjoy time touring Independence Hall, we may bring them nearby to a food packing event where they will learn about the issues of hunger and homelessness that Philadelphia (among many other cities) face. Then, students will move along to another section of the city and continue their time in Philly.
The idea behind intentional serving while on a class trip, whether the 8th grade or the 10th, is to link an educational, service oriented, and/or global perspective where they go. This can be done in a variety of ways, all being crafted for your school.
Some of the sites that may be included in your customized itinerary are:
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Reading Terminal Market.
Middle School Students
High School Students
Customized for your class/dates/size & may include all transportation (from school), Journey Leader/guide, serve day coordination, train/metro tickets and meals.
90,000 – THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE SERVE EACH WEEK
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ. Of the people Philabundance serves, 30% percent are children and 16% percent are seniors. Others who seek food assistance include people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, students and working class families.
In 1984 Philabundance was founded by an idealist named Pamela Rainey Lawler who saw perfectly good food going to waste, and, at the same time, saw people going hungry.
What started out as a small food rescue organization operating out of a Subaru, 30+ years later, is an innovative, impactful and collaborative organization distributing more than 24 million pounds of food a year to those in need.
Philabundance is a proud member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States.
Hunger hits every zip code in America. Without access to nutritious food – or enough of it – people can’t thrive. It affects everything – from health to education to financial success. It is hard to concentrate on school work, find a job, or manage a heart problem if you struggle with food insecurity. Hunger is one of the harshest and most detrimental symptoms of poverty. Most simply, it is a result of not having enough money to cover all of your basic needs.
To drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever, we need everyone to collaborate, including corporations, foundations, individuals and the government. We can’t do it alone — we must work together.
Imagine the courage it takes to pick up the phone, call a total stranger and admit that you don’t have enough food to feed your family.
At our office this happens dozens of times per day, and it is what drives us. Hunger hits every zip code and chances are strong that you know someone who faces or has faced hunger, even if they have never voiced their struggle. For more than two decades we have fought hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region with one guiding principle. Hunger is preventable.
Our Mission: Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.
We fight hunger through a three-pronged approach:
1. Immediate Relief: We connect people in need to food pantries and soup kitchens in their neighborhood, often able to find an option that will provide food that very day.
2. Short-Term Relief: We help people apply and obtain SNAP (food stamp) benefits through our SNAP Hotline.
3. Long-Term Relief: We advocate on behalf of those who face food insecurity to ensure that they have a voice in shaping responsible solutions to hunger in both local and national policy recommendations.
We have many lodging partners in Philadelphia for you to choose from. We provide lodging at either a partner hotel (4 to a room), a bunkhouse in the city (private to your class) with a full kitchen for team cooking, or cabins with full facility (6-12 to a house) that is a 20 min train ride into the city. You choose the lodging that fits your class size/needs.
Flights, trains, bus transport, metro and all details are included and customized depending on the size of your class.
Walking shoes, close toed for serve projects, sunscreen, journal, toiletries
On arrival day we settle the team in and head out for a first tour of either the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall.
* Schedule is created based on the size of your Journey and the type of Journey.
* All journeys and schedules are customized based on the location and type of Journey.
SAMPLE for Florida School to Philadelphia, 5 DAY
Each day we will design a walking/metro tour of the highlights of Philadelphia. Each day will be filled with the sights and sounds of Philly, and all of it’s rich offerings – plus, meaningful service components that can be linked with a course curriculum, if you choose. The schedule is customized for your class but may include:
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