Philabundance

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Philabundance
Non-profit
Industry Food Bank
Founded 1984 (1984)
Headquarters Philadelphia, U.S.
Area served
Delaware Valley
Key people
Glenn Bergman - Executive Director
Website www.philabundance.org

Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest such organization in the region.[1]

History[edit]

The organization was founded in 1984 by Pam Lawler. In the year 2005, it merged with The Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, and the new entity operates under the name Philabundance.[2][3]

Goals[edit]

The organization aims to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

Organization[edit]

Philabundance serves 90,000 people each week, 30% of whom are children, 15 percent of whom are seniors and others, including students, the working poor, veterans and single mothers. It has its own programs, as well as a network of 350 agencies, including emergency kitchens, shelters and soup kitchens. As of 2017, 1 in 8 people in the U.S. face hunger while in our area, that number is 1 in 5, making hunger a crisis in the Delaware Valley on which we need all need to collaborate to eradicate.

Philabundance works with local grocers and farmers to rescue perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste; in 2016, it rescued 10 million pounds of food for its neighbors in need.

Trends[edit]

Clients Who Volunteer - Many of Philabundance’s 15,000 volunteers are also clients, especially at its Fresh for All program. These volunteers spend 2-3 hours a week distributing food to others, while they themselves need help, and are allowed to take the same amount of food as those attending the program.

Hungry Students – Due to rising tuition, and the rules around qualifications for SNAP benefits, many college campuses are seeing a rise in the number of hungry students enrolled. As a result, many schools are opening pantries on campus to serve those in need. Philabundance’s partner, the Chester County Food Bank, and other Feeding America food banks have partnered with colleges to ensure this population has enough food to survive and thrive in school. Philabundance will soon follow suit. 

Programs[edit]

  • Fresh For All Program - To help families and individuals in need gain access to fresh vegetables and fruits, Philabundance operates Fresh For All Program at 8 locations in PA and NJ.
  • Senior Boxes Program - Gives USDA-sponsored food boxes to approximately 5,000 low-income senior citizens.[4]
  • Philabundance Community Kitchen - A culinary, vocational job training program that teaches low-income and unemployed individuals life and job-readiness skills.[5]
  • Grocers Against Hunger- a food rescue program that allows participating grocers to donate surplus inventory to Philabundance. The food is later distributed to clients through direct service programs. In 2015, the program saved 10 million pounds of produce that woulkd have otherwise gone to waste.[6]
  • Fare & Square - The nations' first nonprofit grocery store of its kind opened in 2013 in a former food desert in Chester, PA.
  • KidsBites - The KidsBites initiative provides access to nutritious food in low-income areas for children and their families to help ensure that kids in our service area have the food they need to thrive and grow. Since its inception, KidsBites has provided almost 250,000 pounds of food to children and their families. To meet the needs and size of different communities, Philabundance offers several program models: Mobile pantry; BackPacks; and LunchBoxes.

Contributions Received[edit]

A multitude of generous individuals, foundations and corporations support Philabundance. Following are some of the largest annual contributions:

  •  Phans Feeding Families: The Philadelphia Phillies and the Citizens Bank, sponsor the annual Phans Feeding Families program, which consists of a night at the ballpark at which there are raffles and fundraisers to benefit Philabundance, as well as food collections at AT&T station and Citizens Bank Park. As part of its support of Phans, Citizen Bank makes an annual donation of $40,000 to support Philabundance’ KidsBites initiative.
  • 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve Camp Out for Hunger – Every year, Preston & Steve hold a five-day “Camp Out for Hunger” event – most recently, at Xfinity Live! This is the largest single-location food drive in the county, raising more than one million pounds of food and $100,000. The event was aimed at increasing hunger awareness, as well as collecting food for Philabundance. The event featured popular bands and distinguished guests showing their support for Philabundance. Keeping with tradition, Preston and Steve camp at the spot in a trailer all through the week.
  • 6abc’s Holiday Food Drive: Each year, 6abc and partners Dunkin Donuts and ACME raise food, funds and awareness of Philabundance from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Elements of the campaign include donations at ACME stores, a 6abc telethon and Dunkin Donuts in-store promotions.
  • Toyota Hauls Away Hunger: The Toyota Dealership Association of the Delaware Valley holds a literal food drive each December in which more than 50 Tundras caravan from Philabundance’s warehouse in North Philly to Citizen Bank Park parking lot, hauling food to help feed those in need.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Citizens Bank, Citizens Bank Foundation announces $25,000 donation Dated July 28, 2010. Retrieved on December 7, 2010
  2. ^ AllBusiness, Philadelphia's Two Largest Hunger Relief Organizations Merge, January 28, 2005. Retrieved Jan 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Snapshot Philabundance, Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Philabundance offers food boxes to local seniors - Ridley Town Talk". Delco News Network. April 13, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Philabundance Community Kitchen : MediaRights Organizations Database". Mediarights.org. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Teaming Up Against Hunger : The Daily Local News". dailylocal.com. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ Stop Hunger At Your Station With Philabundance. SEPTA (2010-07-02). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  8. ^ Month Long Food Drive for Philabundance - Philadelphia Flyers - News. Flyers.nhl.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  9. ^ Preston and Steve's Camp Out For Hunger 2010. Philly2Philly.com (2010-12-01). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Fresh for All brings produce to Souderton church for those in need - Souderton Independent. Montgomery News (2010-11-06). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  11. ^ Philadelphia's food banks are a reason to give thanks all year 'round | Philadelphia Daily News | 11/23/2010. Philly.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  12. ^ Murphy, David. (2010-11-16) A growing need for food relief | Philadelphia Daily News | 11/16/2010. Philly.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  13. ^ Relief agencies feel hunger pangs | Philadelphia Daily News | 11/16/2010. Philly.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  14. ^ Savana, Freda R.. (2010-11-11) Bare cupboards a sign of the season. PhillyBurbs.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  15. ^ Nonprofit hosts ‘LIFTgiving’. The Temple News (2010-11-17). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  16. ^ Charity Navigator Rating - Philabundance. Charitynavigator.org. Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  17. ^ Philabundance sees drop in donations. dailylocal.com (2010-05-19). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  18. ^ Philabundance Seeks Help From Suburbanites For Suburbanites « CBS Philly – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Philadelphia. Philadelphia.cbslocal.com (2010-10-18). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.

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