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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, in cooperation with the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts, is partnering with Philabundance, the region’s largest food bank providing nearly 90,000 people food per week.
During each Chamber Orchestra Sunday concert throughout the 2016/17 Season, our performances will also become a charitable site to collect non-perishable food.
Learn More about Philabundance and the work this organization performs!
Philabundance was founded in 1984 by Pamela Rainey Lawler as a nonprofit food distribution system, to reduce food waste and fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. In 2005, Philabundance integrated with the Philadelphia Food Bank to become the region’s largest nonprofit hunger relief organization. Today, Philabundance offers a full plate of services to Delaware Valley residents at risk of chronic hunger and malnutrition.
Mission — The mission of Philabundance is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.
PEOPLE WE SERVE
Philabundace fulfills its mission by delivering food through their direct neighborhood distribution programs, and through a network of approximately 350 agencies across the Delaware Valley. Their member agencies include food cupboards, shelter or residential programs, social service agencies, emergency kitchens, and neighborhood distribution programs. These are vital services, as nearly 750,000 people in the Delaware Valley are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition.
Of the population they serve, approximately 30% are children and 15% are senior citizens. The remaining recipients are parents, caregivers, and single adults, which include homeless, mentally ill, and disabled people, who receive support from nonprofit social service groups. Philabundance serves approximately 90,000 people per week, and is able to provide two meals for each dollar donated.
As the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance delivers food to member agencies in nine Delaware Valley counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Western Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey.
Philabundance also makes sure they’re prepared to provide food if and when a disaster strikes. During the Hurricane Katrina aftermath Philabundance was the fourth largest provider of food to the Gulf.
FOOD ACQUISITION & DISTRIBUTION
Philabundance receives food donations from national and local food manufacturers, wholesalers, growers, importers, retailers, brokers and food distributors. In fiscal year 2014, we distributed 30 million pounds of food.
Philabundance has undergone a metamorphosis from a food recovery organization to a dependable supplier of food to the community. This involves identifying the types of food that the neighborhoods need and securing those provisions to meet the demand. Product supply includes staples that most households or on-site feeding establishments use on a regular basis, with an emphasis on foods that promote good health.
- Direct Service Programs – Through their Fresh For All and KidsBites programs, they provide food directly to neighbors across the region that are in need.
- Weekly Deliveries – Philabundance’s fleet of trucks is on the road five days a week distributing produce, breads, dairy products, canned and packaged foods and prepared meals to member agencies.
Boxes – Philabundance assembles and delivers boxes of food designed to provide balanced meals to vulnerable populations.
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program – Through the Commodity Food Supplemental Program, low-income seniors are eligible to receive boxes of USDA-donated food that Philabundance sorts and delivers on a monthly basis at no cost to locations across the Delaware Valley. Boxes contain 30 lbs of canned/ boxed food including vegetables, fruit, juice, pasta, dairy, cereal, canned meat and non-meat proteins.
- KidsBites – Adequate nutrition is vital to the growth and development of youth. It is our goal to provide programs targeted directly at children in need to address this crisis. Philabundance partners with Lowell Elementary School to provide access to nutritious food for families of students enrolled at the school. Food is distributed once a month allowing families of the students at the school to choose from available food options, including fresh produce, protein and dairy. The ability to choose promotes a sense of dignity for families.
- Fresh For All– Philabundance’s Fresh For All is a direct service program that puts fresh produce into the hands of those who need it most. Like a traveling farmer’s market, Fresh For All returns to the same site every week at the same time and day – establishing dependable access to produce.
- Grocers Against Hunger (GAH) – Through their participation in GAH, supermarkets donate surplus dairy, meat and other food items. Weekly pickups and distribution through our direct service programs and network of agencies ensure that typically discarded food makes it to those who need it most.
- Gleaning – Gleaning is simply the act of harvesting excess fresh produce from farms. In fiscal 2014, our “gleaners” and farm partners harvested more than 220,000 pounds of fresh produce.
- Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) – A job training program that provides students with hands-on instruction grounded in food service skills, while preparing meals for people in need. In 2012, PCK prepared approximately 350,000 heat-and-serve meals which were delivered to nonprofit agencies and emergency and homeless shelters.
- Fare & Square – Philabundance opened the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store of its kind on September 28, 2013 in the City of Chester, a city that has been without a grocery store since 2001. Fare & Square eliminated a food desert in the Delaware Valley and offers residents convenient access to good food right around the corner.
Individual contributions make up more than 60 percent of Philabundance’s funding. Additional support comes from corporations, businesses, foundations, and religious and civic groups. In 2012, food donations accounted for nearly 80% of the food we delivered; 8% was purchased. Government commodities accounted for the remaining 13%.