Frequently Asked Questions
Philabundance has two office locations:
Main office (where volunteer shifts take place)
3616 Galloway Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-0900 (all inquiries)
North Philadelphia warehouse
302 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Philabundance also operates Fare & Square grocery store in Chester, PA as well as Philabundance Community Kitchen culinary job training program in North Philadelphia Philly.
Philabundance provides food to 90,000 individuals each week through its own food distributions and a network of approximately 350 social service agencies, including food pantries, churches, shelters and emergency kitchens.
Our food distributions include:
- Free produce markets for all
- Free food distributions for children
- Free food for seniors
Most of Philabundance’s own distribution programs serve our hungry neighbors on a self-declared basis – only an ID is needed to participate in our free produce markets. The senior box program requires seniors to be at least 60 years-old and at or below 130% of the poverty line.
Philabundance does not sell food or re-sell donated food. As a Feeding America member food bank, Philabundance may ask member agencies to contribute a “shared maintenance fee” to cover a small portion of the operating costs incurred securing and distributing this food. This fee averages between 18 and 19¢ per pound. By law, clients cannot be charged for food that has been donated for hunger relief. Philabundance monitors its agencies to ensure this never happens. If you are asked to pay for food, or suspect someone is charging, please let us know.
Philabundance serves five counties in PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, and four counties in NJ: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem.
Philabundance serves 90,000 low-income people each week, 30% of whom are children and 16% are seniors. Among those served are the working class, students, veterans and single parents.
Philabundance distributes nonperishable (“shelf-stable”) items and perishable items (fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy). We emphasize nutritious foods that promote good health, including produce and protein-rich items, like canned tuna and peanut butter.
Philabundance acquires much of its food through generous donations from the Port of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, national and local food manufacturers, wholesalers, local retailers, brokers and food distributors. Philabundance also purchases bulk quantities of staple foods at wholesale prices. Additionally, Philabundance receives food through food drives held by individuals, corporations, schools and other organizations, and is able to purchase food through the generosity of corporate and individual donors. Find out more about donating food or hosting a food drive.
Food comes to our warehouses where it is inspected, sorted and packed by a team of volunteers
Philabundance works with a network of 350 social service agencies including food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens, which distribute food directly to the people in their area who need it most. Philabundance also provides food directly to clients through our direct food distribution programs, including free produce markets. Find food near you.
Philabundance distributed 24 million pounds of food in 2016.
Visit our Find Food page to find food near you, or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY.
Food drives and fundraisers are an easy and effective way to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how you can collect food, funds or support us in other ways.
Philabundance welcomes both individuals and groups of up to 30 people. Opportunities to volunteer are available in our Hunger Relief Center and in the field. Volunteers must be 14 years old, except during family night shifts, which are held once a month on Tuesday nights.
We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about the hunger crisis in our area. Please complete our interview request form and someone will respond to your request within 72 business hours. Please note: we request two weeks’ notice for an interview, unless this is an urgent media request, and you can email us directly.