Philabundance leases 130,000-square-foot Roxborough building after Boston brewery backs out

Philabundance, a nonprofit working against food insecurity across the region, has leased a 130,000-square-foot building in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia that will double its food distribution network.

The nonprofit signed a deal at 401-415 Domino Lane, a building that had been used by Penn Beer Distributors and where Night Shift Brewing, a Boston-based craft beer company, had plans to move into Philadelphia before the pandemic derailed its expansion.

In contrast, Covid-19 caused Philabundance’s work providing food to those in need to swell to new heights as food insecurity and hunger grew. In 2020, the nonprofit distributed 55 million pounds of food compared with 26 million pounds in 2019.

“We filled an important need but not the entire gap,” said Loree D. Jones, CEO of Philabundance. “We do anticipate some level of this need to continue. The reality is the amount of folks who are food insecure has grown and you would need to quadruple what we provided last year to fill the entire need. The need is so much greater.”

The organization was introduced to the Domino Lane building when the city was using a portion of it for food bank operations last year. Once the city no longer needed the space, Philabundance decided to lease the entire building. 

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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