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Shoe-Box Lunches

  • Haverford Library 5543 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19139 (map)

 Location: Haverford Library, 5543 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19139 Description: Learn more about the history of shoe-box lunches and how the tradition endures today with local chefs Ashbell McElveen and Chris Paul. For over a century, shoe-box lunches have provided African Americans with portable sustenance and safety during cross-country road trips, especially in the era of segregation. Participants will make their own shoe-box lunch and discuss the significance of this time- honored strategy in shaping current approaches to food and social justice. This program is presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center. For more information please visit

COST: Free