Two Decades of “Trust”

Meet Carolyn Latimore, president of The Food Trust board of directors

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25 YEARS, 25 STORIES

In 1996, Carolyn Latimore was living in West Philadelphia’s Haddington-Carroll Park neighborhood and writing her dissertation on women and empowerment in West Africa. She had spent a year living in Ghana, where she would shop for fresh produce in the open-air markets, and fresh seafood at the beach. “That was something I couldn’t routinely do in Philadelphia unless I left my neighborhood and went to Reading Terminal Market,” she recalls.

So when Duane Perry—then executive director of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association—asked her to join the board of his new nonprofit, The Food Trust, Carolyn jumped at the chance: She loved the idea that she could help bring fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods like hers throughout the city.

That was more than 20 years ago.

As The Food Trust’s board president for more than a decade, Carolyn has helped guide the organization’s tremendous growth, with 130-plus people working to improve food access in nearly all 50 states. “We never dreamed that we would be national, and such a significant resource for so many people; that we would have such an impact,” she says. It’s a success she credits to The Food Trust leadership, dedicated staff and enthusiastic supporters.

What comes next for the organization?  “Although things are definitely improving with more emphasis on food access and nutrition, I don't know what the future will be for the food industry,” Carolyn says.  “Whatever that is, I am sure The Food Trust will participate and will continue making significant contributions as a leader and innovator.”

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This interview is part of our weekly "25 Years, 25 Stories" series, spotlighting some of The Food Trust's diverse voices in healthy food access. If you would like to support our work, please click here to make a tax-deductible donation today.

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