“The fight to address food insecurity in Philadelphia is now more important than ever,” said MarketPlace PHL Marketing and Customer Service Manager Megan O’Connell. “Contributing to our community is a priority for MarketPlace PHL and Philadelphia International Airport. We are proud to have donated nearly 17,000 pounds of food in 2021 in partnership with Philabundance. We look forward to the continued success of our food rescue program and thank our PHL Food & Shops merchants for their ongoing participation.”
During the program’s three years, MarketPlace PHL concessions have donated 67,694 pounds of surplus food to Philabundance and its partner organizations.
In 2021, Philabundance distributed more than 52 million pounds of food throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Forty-one percent of that total came from the food industry and retail partners. Last year, Philabundance also launched its produce box distribution program after the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) concluded and provided home deliveries to senior and home-bound clients.
The Philabundance Community Kitchen has produced 400,000 meals for shelters and community centers. The Philabundance food rescue program currently includes 386 individual retail partners, 180 industry partners, and 120 agency partners.
“Philabundance is proud of our close partnership with MarketPlace PHL and Philadelphia International Airport and grateful for their continued support in providing nutritious food to our community,” said Philabundance CEO Loree Jones. “We appreciate the variety of grab-n-go items they provide, including sandwiches, yogurts, meals, and snacks. During the pandemic, their vendors were greatly affected by the slowdown in travel but remained dedicated supporters of our food rescue program and continue to donate every week. Partnerships like this help Philabundance serve nutritious food to more than 135,000 people each week -- an astounding one-third of whom are children.”