Grocers Against Hunger is Philabundance’s strategic initiative to unite grocers throughout the Delaware Valley in the fight against hunger. Because of strict guidelines, stores often need to discard items even though they are nutritious and completely safe to eat. Through Grocers Against Hunger, Philabundance is able to increase our emergency food distribution by collecting this food from participating grocers that would otherwise go to waste. Many of these items would otherwise be expensive and difficult to obtain items such as meat, dairy, produce and baked goods. By procuring these goods from participating stores, Philabundance enables low-income residents throughout the Delaware Valley to prepare well-balanced nutritious meals for themselves and their families. The program also exemplifies green business practices by redistributing fresh products that would unnecessarily become waste.
Philabundance follows all necessary food safety guidelines, transports product via our fleet of refrigerated trucks and inspects donated product at pick-up and distribution points. The combined efforts of retailers, our own direct services and network of emergency food locations is evident in Grocers Against Hunger’s growing participation. In FY13, our local grocery partners donated over 8.0 million pounds of food!
Thank you to our committed Grocers Against Hunger Partners:
ACME, A&P, BJ’s, Giant, Redner’s, Sam’s Club, ShopRite, Target, Walmart, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Wolff’s Apple House. Also partnered with Philabundance are several independent grocery retailers. Your dedication to this program helps us feed thousands of people each week.
For more information about participating in Grocers Against Hunger, contact Michael McManiman, Assistant Manager, Food Acquisition at 215-339-0900 ext 1305.
Grocers Against Hunger (GAH) welcomes The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) to our family of grocery retailers. Based in Montvale NJ, A&P has been a trusted source of fresh, high-quality food for the family dinner table since 1859. Over 30 stores, from three of their six banners (Pathmark, Superfresh and Food Basics) serve communities throughout our nine county service area.
Over the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, A&P sponsored ‘Bag A Meal’ food drives. Customers purchased pre-bagged groceries that were then donated to Feeding America Food Banks that resulted in the equivalent of some 17,000 meals donated to Philabundance.
GAH eligible member agencies are being partnered with stores throughout our service area. Through Satellite partnerships, agencies agree to service their store two or more times a week. Volunteers take donations of healthy and nutritious food back to the cupboard. Once sorted, donations (dairy, produce, meat, bakery, dry grocery, prepared and non-food items) are then distributed to clients at the agencies choice pantry.
Have Pathmark or Superfresh loyalty card? Register your card by clicking on the website’s ‘Community Rewards’ banner and select Philabundance to receive 1% of your monthly purchase amount.