April 19, 2013 |
Corner stores are a staple in poor neighborhoods, where large supermarkets find it economically unfeasible to flourish. The problem has long been that small groceries aren't known for fresh fruits and vegetables. That has left an impoverished population bereft of good food, compelled to live in so-called food deserts. But Philadelphia's Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food, has been working to change that.
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.
August 18, 2012 |
As the sun set Thursday evening over Germantown Avenue, hungry visitors formed lines dozens deep for local food of all types: caramel ice cream, biscuit sandwiches, pizza baked in a mobile oven. The event, dubbed the "Mount Airy Edition," was the seventh in the Night Market Philadelphia series put on by the Food Trust, a city nonprofit. Other Night Market events have taken place in East Passyunk, Chinatown, and University City. Mount Airy, which hosted a Night Market last August, was the first repeat location.
August 26, 2011 |
Philly Food Bucks, a pilot program aimed at getting food stamp recipients to buy more fresh produce at neighborhood farmers' markets, has proved incredibly successful, according to figures released Thursday by the city Department of Public Health, which sponsors the program as part of its efforts to combat obesity. Food bucks "make my food dollars go further," said Bijou McIntosh, 28, who was shopping near her home Thursday at the Clark Park market. "This food is healthier, and it tastes better," said McIntosh, her bag stuffed with parsley, bread, onions, potatoes, and chicken.
September 15, 2011
People who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP, formerly known as food stamps - have two ways to make the most of their purchasing power. One is Philly Food Bucks, a program of the Food Trust. Shoppers who spend $5 on produce at one of the more than 25 farmer's markets operated by the Food Trust get a $2 Philly Food Buck in return, on the spot. A list of those markets is at www.thefoodtrust.org . Or call the Food Trust at 215-575-0444. The other program, Double Dollars, is available only at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market.
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.
July 29, 2011 |
WHEN SLEIGHTON Farm School for adjudicated youth closed in 2001, Arnett Woodall, a teacher's aide at the Delaware County facility for 17 years, started a landscaping/construction business and dreamed of building a fresh-produce store in his produce-starved West Philadelphia neighborhood. He bought a vacant lot in 2004 and put everything he had into his dream - life savings, a home-equity loan, the sweat from him and his teenage son, Devante. Finally, after seven years of building while working two jobs, he finished West Phillie Produce, on 62nd Street near Ludlow, in summer 2009.
July 5, 2010 |
In the bleak cityscape of Philadelphia's poorer neighborhoods, the corner store is both convenience and curse, stocking milk and cheese, as well as junk food and cigarettes. Thanks to federal stimulus money recently pumped into the city, such stores may also start carrying healthier foods, like fresh produce. In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced awards of more than $372 million to 44 communities to combat obesity and smoking. Philadelphia's share - $15 million to battle obesity and $10.4 million toward smoking cessation over two years - was disbursed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
June 21, 2013 |
It's farmer's market season once again, and Ben Bergman has much to celebrate. Not just the opening of about 65 markets in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region, but a brand-new one in his own neighborhood of Parkwood, in the city's Far Northeast. This is an area known for its many supermarkets, maybe, but not for its fresh produce. Until Parkwood debuted on May 18 in the Third Reformed Presbyterian Church parking lot at Byberry and Barbary Roads, there were only three farmer's markets in the vast expanse north of Bridge and Pratt Streets.