Moving Food Forward: Product Innovation

Our goal is to create nutritious food from surplus farm products in a way that extends shelf life & adds value for our communities in need (upcycling). By partnering with manufacturers to create retail items to fund the same quality items for donation, we can provide better food for clients AND engage socially conscious consumers in our mission in an exciting new way.

12
Tanker loads of milk saved in partnership with other food banks
3,000
lbs. of cheese donated through sales at DiBruno Bros.

CONNECTING FARMS TO FAMILIES

Eighty percent of what Philabundance provides to our 90,000 neighbors in need is perfectly good food that otherwise would have gone to waste because it wasn’t perfectly ripe for retail stores, it had confusing date labels or was a case of overproduction. While we’ve made great progress, it’s nothing compared to the sheer size of these two inextricably linked challenges: food waste & food insecurity. We can do more.

Pennsylvania is the second largest dairy producing state. Sometimes we have more milk than anyone could drink at a given time. That’s why we started collaborating with PA food banks to save over 12 tankers of milk by upcycling them into cheese. By utilizing this surplus milk, we can create quality cheese for our neighbors and extra business for local farmers. It’s a win, win!

An Abundantly Good Partnership

Di Bruno Bros.

We knew we could do even more, that’s why we partnered with a fantastic local gourmet retailer, Di Bruno Bros., where you can purchase 5 varieties of our Abundantly Good brand retail cheese. Each pound of cheese gives $1 towards Philabundance upcycling program to continually provide the same quality cheese for our clients. To date retail sales have resulted in close to 3,000 lbs. of donated cheese!

What’s Next?

We can’t do it alone! It will take supporters throughout the food industry to help us grow this program. If you have an idea for a product collaboration or want to make a wholesale purchase of our Abundantly Good cheese or other products, we want to hear from you!

 

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