Turning a Corner on Healthy Eating

Eat fresh, feel good. That’s the message at five corner stores in Philadelphia that now feature a Fresh Corner kiosk as part of the Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative. On Sept. 19, Selinette Rodriguez of Polo Food Market (727 N. 10th St.) welcomed a crowd that included State Rep. Dwight Evans for the unveiling of her store’s Fresh Corner kiosk, which features a refrigerated produce cooler and a demonstration space for cooking lessons.

Reminiscing about the corner store he frequented as a youth, Rep. Evans talked about the power of corner stores to spur economic development and encourage better health. Rodriguez is joined in the Fresh Corner initiative by the owners of four other food markets across the city: Olivares, Indiana, Yellow and Corner. In addition to the healthy food kiosks, Fresh Corner stores have hotspots and colorful signage throughout to call attention to healthful options.

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Philly Food Trust’s Night Market: A Quintessentially Philly Tradition

South Street is well-known as an alternative streetscape - where punk culture, colorful condom shops and colonial architecture coalesce in unique Philly fashion. On Thursday, August 15, the eclectic and enigmatic cultural backdrop of South Street hosted The Food Trust’s Night Market on South Street (NMSS), drawing nearly 37,000 people. Market-goers filled South Street from Front Street to 9th Street. The largest Night Market event to date, NMSS boasted over 80 local food trucks and vendors, two stages hosting continuous live music and a variety of stationary and roaming art exhibitions.

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Night Market is Back!

Night Market Mt. Airy, 2012Night Market returns to Philadelphia this this Thursday, June 20, 6 to 10 p.m, with Night Market West Oak Lane, 72nd and Ogontz Lane.

The Food Trust is partnering with Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) to bring more than 50 of the city's best food trucks and restaurants to Ogontz Avenue. Newcomers like Reuben on Rye, Surf and Turf and MomPops Popsicles and Night Market favorites like Nomad Pizza, Los Taquitos de Puebla and Payne Catering roasted corn will join West Oak Lane exclusives like Relish, Green Soul and Victoria's Kitchen.

Night Market West Oak Lane will also feature the biggest entertainment line up yet, including the Kimmel Center's Youth Jazz Ensemble, Kyo Daiko Japanese drummers and hip-hop artists Halfro. We've got West Oak Lane stars Motown by Eva Donaldson School of Music, R+B by C-Young and contemporary gospel by Pastor Carlton Aiken and the Faithful. There will even be a highwire act, featuring The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Visit nightmarketphilly.org for more, and visit The Food Trust at facebook.com/thefoodtrust and twitter.com/thefoodtrust on Thursday for a full list of vendors.


National recognition for local "Young Food Leader"


Brianna Almaguer Sandoval at the National Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award ceremony - photo by Orange PhotographyBrianna Almaguer Sandoval of The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, was one of just four winners of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award. Almaguer Sandoval was chosen from among 200 candidates working in the field of sustainable food across the nation.

The 2013 Growing Green panel of judges, which included food scene heavyweights such as Michael Anthony (Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern) and Nell Newman (Newman’s Organics), named Brianna as the winner of the “Young Food Leader” category for her work helping to bring healthier food options to over 680 corner stores in the Philadelphia region. She received the award on April 4 at the 2013 Growing Green Awards gala in San Francisco.

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New Food Access Portal hopes to empower solutions for Philadelphia's food deserts

Image via healthyfoodaccess.orgParents, teachers, and policymakers all seem to tell us that a healthy lifestyle is just a decision away. But eating right, or not, isn’t always a choice. Limited access to grocery stores and lack of transportation have left many lower-income Americans living in “food deserts,” where healthy, wholesome food is hard to find.

To help combat the spread of these “food deserts,” Philadelphia do-gooders The Food Trust and The Reinvestment Fund have partnered with PolicyLink to create a powerful new online resource, the Healthy Food Access Portal. The Portal, which launched last week, acts as a national information clearinghouse for organizations interested in creating retail solutions for communities to gain access to safe, fresh food. These solutions can include corner stores, farmers markets and mobile produce trucks. The Portal is designed to empower entrepreneurs by providing information on grants and investment opportunities, business models of successful food-retail enterprises, and tips on retail strategy.

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On the Shoulders of Giants: Four people who kick-started the Philadelphia food movement

April 1, 2012, 10:45 a.m. The line outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center was growing. Parents with strollers, young professionals, older couples, eco-conscious hippies and families in Phillies shirts were all patiently waiting for 11 a.m. Apparently the 1,100 pre-sold tickets were no fluke. The Philly Farm & Food Fest was attracting a crowd.
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