Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

It was 8:40 a.m. on a recent sunny, spring-like day. In addition to the birds chirping, chatter could be heard as a line from the front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church wrapped around Sackett Street onto Tyson Avenue. Many were gathering and waiting for the Feast of Justice’s Community Cupboard to open. Feast of […]

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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

Spruce Hill: Farmers’ Market Provides Locally Grown Produce

Spruce Hill: Farmers’ Market Provides Locally Grown Produce

Spruce Hill has access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at Clark Park. Takia McClendon is the manager of the area Farmers’ Market. How has the turnout been? This market on average brings in about 5oo to 600 people every Thursday. Then we do the same market on Saturday with a lot more vendors, and that […]

 By Liam McKenna and Kenny Thapoung

Hunting Park: Residents Grow Vegetables through Seed Exchange

Hunting Park: Residents Grow Vegetables through Seed Exchange

Ever trade baseball cards as a kid or exchange clothing at a thrift shop as an adult? That kind of trading is the premise behind the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, an organization that offers a variety of produce seeds for people to exchange with each other. The exchange is a collection of gardeners and farmers from […]

 By Alise Hammond and Kiara McKnight

West Poplar: Teens Harvest Fresh Produce for the Community

West Poplar: Teens Harvest Fresh Produce for the Community

In a city where pools are open for only a few weeks out of the summer and recreation centers aren’t providing adequate activity for kids, there is a sense of dread and uneasiness. Over the past two summers, bored and frustrated teens have expressed themselves in the form of flash mobs, descending on the Center […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Local Produce Seller Struggles to Grow Business

Hunting Park: Local Produce Seller Struggles to Grow Business

Every morning, Hussein Hayari wakes up at just after three o’clock. He immediately heads down to Reading Terminal Market so he can beat out other buyers to purchase the freshest fruits and vegetables for his open-air market. Despite all his efforts, Hayari is still struggling. Premium Produce on Second Street and Glenwood Avenue can only […]