Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Philabundance located?

Philabundance has two office locations:

Main office (where volunteer shifts take place)
3616 Galloway Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-0900 (all inquiries)

North Philadelphia warehouse
302 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Philabundance also operates Fare & Square grocery store in Chester, PA as well as Philabundance Community Kitchen culinary job training program in North Philadelphia Philly.

How does Philabundance help those in need?

Philabundance provides food to 90,000 individuals each week through its own food distributions and a network of approximately 350 social service agencies, including food pantries, churches, shelters and emergency kitchens.

Our food distributions include:

  • Free produce markets for all
  • Free food distributions for children
  • Free food for seniors
Who qualifies to receive food from Philabundance?

Most of Philabundance’s own distribution programs serve our hungry neighbors on a self-declared basis – only an ID is needed to participate in our free produce markets. The senior box program requires seniors to be at least 60 years-old and at or below 130% of the poverty line.

Learn more about senior food programs

Does Philabundance sell food?

Philabundance does not sell food or re-sell donated food. As a Feeding America member food bank, Philabundance may ask member agencies to contribute a “shared maintenance fee” to cover a small portion of the operating costs incurred securing and distributing this food. This fee averages between 18 and 19¢ per pound. By law, clients cannot be charged for food that has been donated for hunger relief. Philabundance monitors its agencies to ensure this never happens. If you are asked to pay for food, or suspect someone is charging, please let us know.

What region does Philabundance serve?

Philabundance serves five counties in PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, and four counties in NJ: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem.

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Who does Philabundance serve?

Philabundance serves 90,000 low-income people each week, 30% of whom are children and 16% are seniors. Among those served are the working class, students, veterans and single parents.

What type of food does Philabundance distribute?

Philabundance distributes nonperishable (“shelf-stable”) items and perishable items (fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy). We emphasize nutritious foods that promote good health, including produce and protein-rich items, like canned tuna and peanut butter.

How does Philabundance get food?

Philabundance acquires much of its food through generous donations from the Port of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, national and local food manufacturers, wholesalers, local retailers, brokers and food distributors. Philabundance also purchases bulk quantities of staple foods at wholesale prices. Additionally, Philabundance receives food through food drives held by individuals, corporations, schools and other organizations, and is able to purchase food through the generosity of corporate and individual donors. Find out more about donating food or hosting a food drive.

How is donated food handled?

Food comes to our warehouses where it is inspected, sorted and packed by a team of volunteers

How does the food get into the hands of those who need it?

Philabundance works with a network of 350 social service agencies including food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens, which distribute food directly to the people in their area who need it most. Philabundance also provides food directly to clients through our direct food distribution programs, including free produce markets. Find food near you.

How much food do you distribute?

Philabundance distributed 24 million pounds of food in 2016.

How can I get food?

Visit our Find Food page to find food near you, or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY.

How can I become a member agency?

If you represent a food cupboard, neighborhood distribution center, shelter, emergency kitchen or social service agency, you may qualify to become a member of our agency network. Download our agency manual for criteria on how to become a member.

How do I hold a food drive or benefit for Philabundance?

Food drives and fundraisers are an easy and effective way to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how you can collect food, funds or support us in other ways.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Philabundance welcomes both individuals and groups of up to 30 people. Opportunities to volunteer are available in our Hunger Relief Center and in the field. Volunteers must be 14 years old, except during family night shifts, which are held once a month on Tuesday nights.

Learn more about volunteering

Can I interview someone about Philabundance?

We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about the hunger crisis in our area. Please complete our interview request form and someone will respond to your request within 72 business hours. Please note: we request two weeks’ notice for an interview, unless this is an urgent media request, and you can email us directly.