April 27, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Consumers' burden Mayor Kenney's proposed sugary-beverage tax would be regressive and would pass the cost of public education on to the working poor. Dr. Barbara Gold, vice chair of the Food Trust, wrote, "The proposal seeks to direct a fraction of the beverage industry's multibillion-dollar annual profits to pay for expanded pre-K programs and community schools . . . " ("Not a grocery levy," April 18). If that is true, why would consumers be the ones paying for pre-K and community schools?
March 25, 2016 |
We keep hearing that Philadelphia needs to eliminate its food deserts so everyone has easy access to fresh meat and produce. It's an important step in fighting poverty. But what exactly should a healthy neighborhood look like? That was the question posed by this year's Better Philadelphia Challenge, the student competition organized by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winning entry , by a team from the University of New Mexico, showed idyllic scenes of lush community gardens, compact urban greenhouses, and shady pocket parks, all sensitively threaded into a typical rowhouse neighborhood.
January 18, 2016
It can't all be Micky D's and those recognizable golden arches in the inner city. An unobtrusive but consequential bill, called the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act, is weaving its way through the New Jersey Legislature. The measure would assist small food retailers in low- and moderate-income urban and rural communities by providing them funds to increase the availability and sale of fresh and nutritious foods. It passed the state Assembly last week by a 49-18 vote. Both houses are expected to take it up again in the new legislative year.
August 8, 2015 |
The stretch of Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets transformed Thursday night, as thousands of city residents came out to taste hard apple cider and corn on the cob at a semiannual block party that made the street bustle. A crowd of people made their way down the block, some dressed in business attire, sipping a beer at the end of the workday. Others grabbed a meal in T-shirts, their dogs and children in tow. The party was called Night Market, a project run by the nonprofit Food Trust and in its fifth season.
July 24, 2015 |
At Broad and Mount Vernon Streets on Sunday afternoon, pop-up canopies blossomed in defiance of the wilting summer heat. In their shade, volunteers and vendors ran pickling demonstrations, pitched passersby on bicycle-powered urban farm tours, and proffered mental-health screenings and public-benefits counseling. It's an eclectic crop for a farmers' market. But Common Ground Marketplace is designed to be more than just a place to buy your vegetables. The market, which opened this month, is a collaboration between the Food Trust, a nonprofit that runs farmers' markets and promotes food access, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a North Broad Street synagogue.
June 27, 2015 |
Bent on making fresh fruits and vegetables available to more Americans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent one of its top officials Thursday to the Clark Park Farmers Market to tout its efforts at doing just that. "We're trying to nudge low-income households to eat more nutritious foods," U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon said in an interview before talking to the merchants and shoppers about ways to get more healthy foods in their diets. Americans on food stamps spent a record $18.8 million at farmers markets and local farm stands last year, a roughly sixfold increase since 2008, according to Concannon.
May 22, 2015 |
The West Philadelphia homeless shelter Jane Addams Place is housed in a converted church that's crumbling around its residents - on a recent count, 34 mothers, 73 kids, and untold mice. But down in the kitchen, staffers opened a massive refrigerator to reveal an unexpected bounty: white asparagus, eggplant, arugula, cabbage, fresh herbs, and carrots in exotic purples and yellows. It represents a bold attempt to change one of the most demoralizing aspects of shelter life: the food.
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN Brent Celek shows up at the Linc on Sunday morning, he won't be there to play, or even to practice. He will, however, be there to work. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Birds' hunky tight end will be slinging sammies in lot K of Lincoln Financial Field. He's taking part in the Linc's debut "Flight Market. " The event is a daytime version of the Food Trust's always-packed, four-Thursdays-a-year Night Markets, wherein local gourmet trucks alight on a Philly neighborhood and foodies stand in line in a pay-as-you-go pig-out.
January 7, 2015 |
JIMMY ROLLINS is relocating to the West Coast for the 2015 season, but his foundation is staying put in Philadelphia. The Rollins Family Foundation announced yesterday that it will stay active in the Delaware Valley despite the shortstop's trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers last month. The foundation plans to expand and partner with Los Angeles-based organizations, too. "Over the years the foundation has helped to improve the lives of children in the tri-state area but we feel our new mission is our most important work thus far. We made great progress in 2014 and look to continue to build on that momentum," Rollins said in a press release from the Rollins Family Foundation.
November 25, 2014 |
Lack of food was shutting down Andrew Lanzi's life - and he didn't even realize it. The 71-year-old widower and former mechanic, who lives in poverty in Northeast Philadelphia, just didn't feel like getting out of bed each day. And when he did, he'd enter a room and forget why he was there, then become disoriented and begin to drop things. Unbeknownst to Lanzi, malnutrition was slowly sapping his energy and his essence. "I didn't have enough money to buy enough food," said Lanzi, who is estranged from his children and lives alone.