Philabundance distributes more than 24 million pounds of food per year to those in need, across nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition to their food distribution program, Philabundance provides intensive culinary arts training opportunities for no- to low-income adults. The strategic goal of this new Philabundance Community Kitchen 2.0, (PCK2) is three-fold: double the number of students trained and employed after graduation; quadruple the number of healthy meals prepared for the region’s most vulnerable neighbors; and expand community collaboration across social, cultural and economic lines.
The design of this new facility represents the organization’s growth as it continues to embrace community involvement and support those in need. The PCK2 facility will supplement Philabundance’s original location-providing additional meal distribution to the communities of Philadelphia, as well as elevating the training program that provides hands-on learning opportunities related to meal prep, cooking and catering for those interested in working within the culinary industry.
The proposed design is a one-story pre-fabricated building with associated parking and loading areas. Programmatic needs drive the overall flow and layout of the building. As such, the production and full-service state-of-the-art training kitchens (the most significant component of this new facility) surround the community-use spaces to create engagement between public activities and classes occurring in the kitchens. Offices, restrooms and storage spaces are also included within the building.