The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Philadelphia Inquirer: How Francisville Residents Work Together to Feed their own Neighborhood

January 4, 2018
Event Date: 
November 21, 2017

The Center's research was quoted in a  Philadelphia Inquirer article about how Francisville neighborhood residents have organized a food distribution site to address hunger in their community.


In North Philadelphia, one in four households struggles with hunger, according to research by Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and a professor of health management and policy at School of Public Health at Drexel University.


Wiley Cunningham and Michael Jarman pick up cases of fresh food from Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market vendors in Southwest Philadelphia. Whatever food they collect is taken back to their neighborhoods to be distributed. Community members donate what funds they can for gas, exchange recipes, and generally catch up with each other.


Food access points, whether a corner store or a supermarket, are anchors for a community, said Norris, who works on the Food Trust’s National Campaign for Healthy Food Access. “It’s where people can come together and get food for their family. It’s important for them to exist.”


To read the full article and listen to the recording click here


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