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April 19, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 18, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
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.
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July 29, 2011 | BY DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
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.
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July 5, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
"So has it been a good experience?" U.S. Department of Agriculture official Joani Walsh asked, snacking on cherry tomatoes as an elderly woman reached around her for the white sweet corn stacked high on the table. As Walsh toured Clark Park Farmers' Market on Saturday, she was greeted with smiles and nods of approval. She met various growers - the high school students experimenting with urban farming, the owner of a year-old mushroom farm - and talked with various customers, including a mother of four who drives from the suburbs several times a month and a local mother of seven who makes the short walk twice a week.
NEWS
August 6, 2010 | By Michael Brocker, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Thursdays, fresh fruit is now only steps away from the home of Dominique Wilder, 38, a mother of four in the Norris Square community of North Philadelphia. A tiny farmers market opened at Susquehanna Avenue and North Howard Street on Thursday, offering fresh produce - from apples to zucchini - to a community that does not have much access to healthy groceries. "Several markets have left the neighborhood in the last few years. It's impossible to get fresh products around here," Wilder said.
NEWS
August 26, 2011 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 29, 2011
Many thanks to Craig LaBan for his fantastic review of the Farm and Fisherman ("This BYOB exemplifies the best of the farm-to-table movement," June 19). Chef Josh Lawler is indeed the real deal. I work for the Farmers' Market program for the Food Trust, helping to manage more than 25 farmers' markets in Philadelphia. I work with about 70 farmers and growers. Every Saturday morning, Lawlor is at Clark Park, every Sunday morning at Headhouse, every Thursday at the Fairmount market. He calls me for farmers' cell-phone numbers to place orders.
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NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
June 6, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 60 regional arts groups and artists have received small grants from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a funding program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The awards are among the few public grants remaining that provide some support for individual artists, although the focus is on public projects. (There are no individual artist fellowships.) Michael Norris, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, lauded the grants, noting that they "fund projects that directly impact schools, seniors, and community-based projects around the Greater Philadelphia region.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY MICHAEL RUSSELL, russelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5713
THE PHILADELPHIA Mural Arts Program is going off the wall and onto the dining table with "What We Sow," a four-month exploration of heirloom foods through farmers markets, garden tours, cooking demonstrations and other events in neighborhoods across the city. At the end of the program, on Oct. 5, the Mural Arts Program will host "70x7 The Meal, act XXXIV," a collaborative dinner and performance-art piece featuring artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, with food by local chef Marc Vetri. While details are still being confirmed, the event is expected to be open to the public in Independence National Historic Park.
FOOD
June 21, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ACCESS TO healthy food for low-income Philadelphians improved by 17 percent in a two-year period, according to a report released Wednesday by the city's Public Health Department. The report, Walkable Access to Healthy Food in Philadelphia, shows that the number of Philadelphians living in high-poverty neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food dropped by 61,000 between 2010 and 2012. As part of the 2010 Get Healthy Philly initiative, the Food Trust and the health department offered corner stores an annual $100 incentive to encourage the sale of healthy food, said Giridhar Mallya, director of policy and planning for the health department.
NEWS
December 31, 2012
In this land of plenty, it seems unfathomable that across the Philadelphia region thousands of people feel the sting of hunger pains every day. But it's true. In the cities and in an affluent suburban communities, there is not enough food to go around. This region is home to some of the most pervasive poverty in the country, made worse by a sluggish economy in which jobs are scarce and government benefits to bridge the gap are even harder to come by. Feeding the needy for decades, STEVEANNA WYNN stands out among the dedicated antihunger advocates who work tirelessly to provide to those less fortunate.
NEWS
October 13, 2012
Far too little of Center City's success has translated into progress for Philadelphia's low-income neighborhoods. But one surprising exception has been the growing availability of fresh, locally grown foods in communities far from the foodie redoubt of downtown. In 1992, three years before Steven Starr opened the first Continental and informally kicked off Philadelphia's (second) restaurant renaissance, the city had no more than three or four farmers markets. Twenty years later, one organization - the Food Trust - operates 30 markets on its own. And most of those, Food Trust executive director Yael Lehmann said, are in low- or mixed-income neighborhoods.
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