Getting food into the hands of those who need it most is the core mission of Philabundance. For more than 30 years, we have acquired and distributed millions of pounds of food to our neighbors in need. Most recently, the face of hunger is changing. In addition to children and seniors, there is an alarming number of working poor, who in spite of being employed, often in multiple jobs, are unable to make ends meet.
To aid the growing number of food insecure families in our region, Philabundance took the initiative to expand our distribution methods beyond our nearly 450 member agencies to include programs that would allow us to touch the community directly.
Each Direct Neighborhood Distribution program is customized to strengthen the hunger safety net with dignity and empowerment. This multifaceted approach is serving 75,000 people per week by building strong relationships within the food industry, engaging communities throughout the region, and navigating the ever-changing landscape of food insecurity. These combined efforts allow Philabundance to ensure that every man, woman and child have access to healthy, nutritious food.
|Grocers Against Hunger (GAH) – A unique collaboration that unites grocers throughout the Delaware Valley in the fight against hunger. Thanks to their overwhelming generosity and participation. Philabundance is able to increase emergency food response by collecting and distributing food that would otherwise go to waste.||Fresh for All (FFA) – With 9 locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, FFA puts fresh produce into the hands of those who need it most – all at no cost. Much like a pop-up farmers’s market, staff and volunteers setup at the same neighborhood site every week establishing dependable access to produce.|
|KidsBites (GAH) -This ensures that kids have appropriate nutrition and offers several programs targeting children and their families in need in the Delaware Valley. A major initiative provides nutritious food distributed at schools, helping ensure youngsters have the well-balanced diet they need to grow and thrive.
|Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) – This ground-breaking job training and placement program provides adult students with hands-on culinary arts training. Over the program’s history, students have prepared more than 3 million heat-and-serve meals which have been delivered to area shelters and agencies.|
|Commodity Supplemental Food Program – An important initiative that provides USDA-donated food to low-income seniors throughout the region. With our “senior boxes”, many of our most vulnerable neighbors have access to shelf-stable foods as well as vegetables, fruit, pasta, milk, cereal, cheese and non-meat protein.||Fare & Square – The first nonprofit grocery store in the nation. Fare & Square offers shoppers in Chester, PA access to “good food right around the corner” – an option that has not been available in that region in more than a decade. Open to all, Fare & Square offers nutritious food staples with a focus on fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods at everyday low prices.|
|Food Help Line – Philabundance established the Food Help Line in an effort to improve access to food assistance and to offer a welcoming resource for community members in need.|
|Share the Harvest – A program based on the “victory gardens” concept, from World War II. Home gardeners grow extra vegetables and donate them to Philabundance.|