1 in 8
1 in 8 people in the U.S. face hunger
1 in 5
1 in 5 people in the Philadelphia area face hunger, making it a crisis in our community

Our History

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.

What started out as a small food rescue organization operating out of a Subaru, 30+ years later, is an innovative, impactful and collaborative organization distributing more than 24 million pounds of food a year to those in need.

Philabundance is a proud member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States.

About Hunger

Hunger hits every zip code in America. Without access to nutritious food – or enough of it – people can’t thrive. It affects everything – from health to education to financial success. It is hard to concentrate on school work, find a job, or manage a heart problem if you struggle with food insecurity. Hunger is one of the harshest and most detrimental symptoms of poverty. Most simply, it is a result of not having enough money to cover all of your basic needs.

To drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever, we need everyone to collaborate, including corporations, foundations, individuals and the government. We can’t do it alone — we must work together.

Meet Our Leadership

Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, thanks to thousands of donors, hundreds of partners, you, and our staff and board.

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Fare & Square

Opened in 2013 in a former food desert, Fare & Square is the first nonprofit grocery store of its kind. It serves the Chester community with low prices, international foods and a rewards program.

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180K
People shopped at Fare & Square in the last year
250K
Meals provided to those in need through PCK

Philabundance Community Kitchen

Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a culinary training program for low-income adults in North Philadelphia. In addition to learning cooking and life skills, PCK students prepare needed meals for the community.

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