feed hungry families

Non-perishable Deliveries


We now collect online monetary donations through our website! With your money, we buy non-perishables in bulk and distribute them to local food pantries weekly. We stretch the dollar while providing quality meals to those who need them; just $36 is enough to feed a family for a week.

Being a food pantry is a hard task. When you rely on only donations, you have no way of ensuring a steady supply. Too many food pantries run out of the essential foods daily and as a result thousands of people in Philadelphia go hungry.

At Penn Harvest, we guarantee something to our food pantries that not many other food pantries have: food security. We make free non-perishable food deliveries to our partner food pantries so they can continue serving the community. We donate with health in mind and provide only the highest quality foods. We never give any dented cans or food that is past the expiration date. Typically, we deliver about 150 - 250 lbs of food a week to each food pantry. A delivery may look something like the following:​

  • Chicken breast

  • Tuna

  • Kidney beans

  • Pasta sauce

  • Pasta

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Green beans

  • Corn

  • Chicken noodle soup

  • Clam chowder

  • Fruit cups

  • Peanut butter

  • Jelly

  • Cereal

We never charge any money to our food pantries for this service.


​Our food distribution partners are located in the communities where residents need this service the most and each dollar makes the biggest difference.

Non-perishable delivery to food pantry
Non-perishable delivery to food pantry
Non-perishable delivery to food pantry
Fresh produce delivered to people in need

Fresh Produce for All


Finding fresh produce can be an extremely daunting challenge for people living in poor neighborhoods. Often, these neighborhoods don't have any supermarkets. Even if there is a supermarket next by, the prices are most likely far too high for people living in low-income neighborhoods to afford.

At the same time, local farmers often have to throw out several hundred pounds of food because either they couldn't sell it or the food does not fit the guidelines for selling to customers. The fact is, there are thousands of pounds of surplus food being produced by local farmers around Philadelphia that no one gets to eat.

At Penn Harvest, we want to bridge the gap between the farm and the plates of people living in low-income neighborhoods. We partner with local farmers who supply us with their surplus produce. We then distribute this produce to food pantries and soup kitchens who make sure the food gets to the people who need it most.

Rescuing Food From Waste

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Philadelphia needs 35,380,404 pounds of food a year to close the "meal gap" and ensure that all have enough to eat. Ironically, in the same report, it was also calculated that the amount of surplus food is close to four times the need. “We can screw up three times and still be able to feed people who need it,” says a member of the EPA. The main food wasters appear to be restaurants, grocery stores, nursing or residential care facilities, and even farmers. Part of the problem is that there are extremely strict guidelines regarding what food can be sold to consumers: guidelines that are not always founded entirely on fact. Nonetheless, it's hard to change the law. To reduce food waste, what we really need is an established system that will collect the food, process it properly, and redistribute it to those who need it.

Much progress has been made with reducing food waste. The Philadelphia Food Policy Group has enacted policies to encourage surplus food donation and composting. Philabundance is one of the leading hunger-fighting organizations, diverting over 90,000 pounds of food to the people who need it most. Food research has been done at the Drexel Culinary Arts and Science lab, which works with clients to create healthy, effective solutions to food waste. For example, they were able to turn rotten bananas into a delicious, sanitary ice cream and smoothie base. However, there is still more to be done. Philadelphia still wastes 26,000 lbs of food a day. The way to progress is to begin capturing food waste at the farming level. This is at the core of what Penn Harvest does; we seek to eliminate food waste by working with our local farming community. 

Food rescue
Food rescue
Food waste

We use donations to Penn Harvest to provide food to families in need.  Each month, we distribute over 4200 meals to families, buying non-perishable food and fresh produce in bulk as well as rescuing hundreds of pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste.