Manayunk: Along With Healthy Foods, Pretzel Park Farmers Market Offers A Sense Of Community

Manayunk: Along With Healthy Foods, Pretzel Park Farmers Market Offers A Sense Of Community

The Pretzel Park Farmers Market, now in its fourth year of operation, provides fresh and organic fruits and vegetables to the people of Manayunk, a community known to be lacking in accessible healthy food retailers. The market takes place every Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) from mid-May through November. It’s run by Friends of […]

 

Kensington: Organization Hands Out Free Needles for Heroin, Decreases HIV

Kensington: Organization Hands Out Free Needles for Heroin, Decreases HIV

Syringe Exchange Lowers HIV Rate, Lacks Government Funding Philadelphia isn’t only known as the City of Brotherly Love, it’s also known for its substantial spread of HIV/AIDS and drug use. In 1991, Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) was founded as an underground syringe exchange organization to combat the sweep and has since become a multi-service hub […]

 By Alexis Wright-Whitley and Nia Prater

Germantown: New Grocery Store Provides Fresh Food for Community

Germantown: New Grocery Store Provides Fresh Food for Community

Just last year, at the intersection of Chew Ave and Washington Lane, there was only a large vacant lot. Now, there is a supermarket in its place. After months of construction, a new Bottom Dollar Food opened to the public on the day of Halloween.  And in the subsequent months, the store appears to be […]

 By Alexis Wright-Whitley and Nia Prater

Germantown: Food Deserts Greatly Affect Philadelphia, Particularly the Northwest

Germantown: Food Deserts Greatly Affect Philadelphia, Particularly the Northwest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, define food deserts as “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.” Most citizens would access these types of food through nearby supermarkets and grocery stores. However, according to a 2009 study conducted by […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Food Bucks and Farmers Markets

Francisville: Food Bucks and Farmers Markets

More than 35 percent of adults living in Philadelphia County are obese, according to the Public Health Management Corp. Representatives from the Department of Public Health said a lack of access to fresh and affordable foods in many Philadelphia neighborhoods may be to blame for this high number. In response to shocking stats like this […]