Philabundance began with one person rescuing food with their Subaru. For nearly 40 years, that operation has grown to covering nine counties across two states with a fleet of trucks and vans.
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.
Pam launched her initiative to bridge the gap between that surplus of food and neighbors in our communities struggling with food insecurity. What started out as a small food rescue organization operating out of her Subaru, 35+ years later, is an innovative, impactful and collaborative organization distributing more than 50 million pounds of food a year to those in need of emergency food services.
Philabundance is a proud member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States.
Philabundance has a commitment to learning more about how best we can serve and uplift those facing food insecurity. As a result, we continue to expand our programs, invest in the futures of our neighbors in need, and advocate for programs that advance our communities.
Since our founding, some major milestones include: