Hunting Park: Community Organizers Aim to Bring Healthy Food to the Park

Hunting Park: Community Organizers Aim to Bring Healthy Food to the Park
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North Philadelphia and fresh produce don’t always go hand in hand. However, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Hunting Park United are teaming up to change that.

As a part of their Hunting Park Revitalization Project, the groups are renovating an old concession stand in the park so that a local vendor can come in and sell healthy snack food options to the park’s patrons.

Farmers Market

Since the project began in 2009, there has been an emphasis on health food initiatives, with a community garden having been built and a farmer’s market being brought in to sell produce.

These initiatives have been brought on partly because of the high obesity rate in the neighborhood. According to a study by the Philadelphia Health Management Corp., 44 percent of adults and 54 percent of children within the neighborhood’s zip code (19140) are obese. These are higher than the city’s overall rates of 32 percent and 41 percent, respectively.

Cousins

“You don’t have the healthy options [in the neighborhood],” said Leroy Fisher, president of Hunting Park United. “You can find all the fast food you want, but it’s really hard to find those things that will be beneficial to your health.”

The neighborhood is considered a food desert, somewhere that fresh food isn’t easily accessible to all residents, either because of income or proximity to markets.

With new food services, however, the park is setting up to provide the community with the healthy options that it wants and needs.

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-Text, images and video by Harrison Brink

5 Responses to Hunting Park: Community Organizers Aim to Bring Healthy Food to the Park

  1. Adam buchter December 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    We at little flower are looking forward to this new stand and are very restful for hunting park United dept of rec and fairmount park all the hard work they have done to make the park a great family place

  2. Iris Lopez December 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I have 2 teens that can volunteer on Saturdays. I have a car if you need help with pickups. This is amazing.

  3. Iris Lopez December 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Sorry wrong email. I have 2 teens that can volunteer time. I have a car if you need to pick up anything.

  4. Iris Lopez December 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    When does it start?

  5. Brenda Shields December 15, 2015 at 12:39 am

    This is a wonderful blessing for the neighborhood! I would love to volunteer my services!

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