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.
November 8, 2014 |
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
October 25, 2014 |
Despite brisk winds and ominous clouds hanging over North Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, members of Amber Art and Design, a Philadelphia art collective, hurried around the mosaic-tiled plaza known as Meditation Park, hanging strings of lights and driving tiki torches into the ground. It was closing night of the Village Table: a series of four-course communal meals that are part social experiment, part art project, and part community-health intervention. The monthly pop-up feasts on the 2500 block of North Alder Street for anywhere from 50 to 100 guests were conceived by Amber Art and Design as part of a residency at the Village of Arts and Humanities.
October 13, 2014 |
When Yael Lehmann joined the Food Trust in 2001, she spent much of her time explaining that, though the nonprofit works on food access, it is not, in fact, a food bank. Since then, food access has become a hot issue. And the organization, whose staff has increased from five to 107, has helped bring fresh produce to 600 corner stores in the city, nutrition educators to 100 schools, and 27 farmers' markets to underserved neighborhoods. We asked Lehmann, Food Trust executive director, about that work, the popularity of the food-truck Night Market events, and being a full-time mother and part-time rocker for the band Happy Accident, with her husband, Blake, and the Food Trust's Brian Lang.
June 16, 2014 |
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown, diners lined up for cups of chilled strawberry soup, as well as escargot with mushroom oatmeal and garlic scape cream. The dishes emerging from the Heart food truck, one of 14 such competitors for the 2014 Vendy Awards, were no different from the ones Heart's owners once presented at their Pottstown restaurant. "We're trying to take what we did in the restaurant and do it out here," said co-owner Tonda Woodling, who formerly ran Pottstown's Funky Lil' Kitchen.
June 6, 2014 |
What better way to reach people with the "eat fresh and local" message than to go where they work, study, commute, or pray? Neighborhood squares, parks and parking lots still host many farmer's markets in the region, but more and more are operating out of workplaces, universities, transportation hubs, and places of worship. This spring, new markets are coming to Drexel University, the U.S. General Services Administration offices in Center City, two neighborhood churches, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the synagogue on North Broad Street.
February 15, 2014 |
Low-income America is rife with food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce and good food so rare that people have little choice but to shop in corner stores, whose processed and highly caloric foods contribute to obesity. Build a decent supermarket with good, fresh produce, social scientists have said, and residents will flock to the oasis, their neighborhood a desert no more and their health much improved. That kind of thinking inspired the creation of a Fresh Grocer store in North Philadelphia, opened to great fanfare - including an appearance by Michelle Obama - on North Broad Street near Temple University in 2009.