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City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

“When Food Bucks came out at Clark Park, I was on the SNAP benefits,” said Meghan Filoromo of The Food Trust’s Philly Food Bucks program. Filoromo was working at the market at the time. “It made such a huge difference for what I could purchase,” Filoromo said. “[Before Philly Food Bucks] I was trying to just buy […]

 

Kensington: Food Focused Organizations Strive For A Healthier Neighborhood

Kensington: Food Focused Organizations Strive For A Healthier Neighborhood

Many neighborhoods in Philadelphia are considered underprivileged “food deserts,” low-income areas that lack regular access to grocery stores and fresh markets. They battle with consequences such as early childhood obesity and an overall decline in health over time. Kensington is among these neighborhoods, with a history that includes a lack of grocery stores and sources […]

 

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

As the old postal adage goes, neither rain nor sleet nor snow deters the numerous Fitler Square residents who descend upon the park’s weekly farmers market. Held every Saturday, the modest outdoor market is comprised of local farmers and businesses from throughout the region, plying their locally-sourced produce, meats and baked goods. The market is one […]

 By Lindsay Wessell and Saba Abbasi

Northern Liberties: Girard Avenue Corner Stores Get Healthy

Northern Liberties: Girard Avenue Corner Stores Get Healthy

[vimeo 69039404] East of Sixth Street, Girard Avenue serves as the boundary between the eclectic neighborhood of Fishtown and the burgeoning community of Northern Liberties. Local businesses abound, Girard is a convenient go-to avenue for residents bordering both neighborhoods, particularly for its mix of restaurants and corner stores. In light of this, some local food vendors […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Katie Searl hoped to cut back on the use of her car by moving to the city last year. The Francisville resident works across the street from her home–making for an easy vehicle-free commute. She said she’d hardly use her car at all if it weren’t for trips to the grocery store. Like a great […]

 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 […]