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The Food Trust, Partnership for a Healthier America, Philadelphia Water Dept launch Drink Up Philly campaign

Philadelphia launches the first citywide initiative as part of a far-reaching national effort to encourage people to drink more water every day.
 
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (May 8, 2014) – The Food Trust joined The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), officials from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia Water Department and other partners to announce Drink Up Philly, an initiative to encourage Philadelphia residents to make a choice to improve their health and well-being: drink more water.
 
This is the first citywide roll-out of the national Drink Up effort led by PHA which has already engaged millions of people and brought together supporters from the public and private sector.
 
The initiative is designed to increase the availability and marketing of water in Philadelphia through The Food Trust’s network of corner stores, schools, farmers’ markets, and Night Market events, reaching more than half a million residents with the message that water is a healthy choice.
 

Old City Night Market

From Fox 29

The Food Trust Night Market staff and Old City Night Market vendor, Prime Stache are interviewed about Old City Night Market.

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Night Market Outdoor Street Festival In Old City Kicks Off

From Fox 29

The Night Market Outdoor Street Festival kicked off in Old City on Thursday.

Dozens of vendors are gearing up for a celebration of food and music.

The festival showcases the city’s diverse neighborhoods and food by partnering with local restaurants, food trucks, regional musicians and dynamic artists.

The Night Market will be held on four Thursday evenings, in four different neighborhoods.

After the Old City Market on Thursday, May 15th the festival continues with Night Markets in West Oak Lane on June 19, on Lancaster Avenue on August 21 and back in Chinatown on October 2.


Philly's 'Night Market' makes delicious return

"The arrival of warm weather in Philadelphia means the start of 'Night Market'
It's a great summer tradition, and the first of this year's events took place in Old City. They call it 'the roving street food festival,' and there was plenty of food to choose from."

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New program brings healthcare to your corner store

From 6abc

A new pilot program in Philadelphia aims to help improve people's health by setting up inside local corner grocery stores.

"I can think of no better place than a corner store in the neighborhood, unannounced, where folks come to have a nice conversation in a place they are comfortable with," said Dr. Jim Plumb, Jefferson Center for Urban Health.

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Olivares Food Market Goes the Extra Mile to Serve the Community

From Salud America

Before Olivares Food Market began selling and promoting healthier food options, the store looked like an average corner store. But Clara Santos soon learned she could make some changes that would impact the whole community.

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The Food Trust's Headhouse Farmers' Market ranked one of the "10 best spots for foodies" by USA Today

"...if you find yourself visiting Philly during the more tender months of the year, Headhouse is one of the best places for eaters, bar none. Exceptional locally-grown fruits and vegetables, pastured meats, sustainable seafood, excellent cheese, chocolate, there is so much inspiration to be found in the stalls of this historic marketplace. Stop for a cup of Bodhi coffee or a cup from Philly Fair Trade Roasters, pick up a Market Day Canele, and stroll the stalls."

Headhouse Farmers' Market re-opens May 4, 2014.

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Neighborhood Grocery Stores Combat Obesity, Improve Food Perceptions

From Health Affairs Blog

The Cummins et al article “New Neighborhood Grocery Store Increased Awareness of Food Access but Did Not Alter Dietary Habits or Obesity,” published in the February issue of Health Affairs, generated considerable media attention, with headlines claiming that grocery stores do not contribute to healthy diets or reductions in obesity. However, the study offered no conclusive proof showing that access to grocery stores is not a part of the solution to preventing obesity.

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Access to Healthy Food Improves Health, Brings Economic Benefits

From Huffington Post

Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities -- better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets. The problem is particularly acute in low-income communities of color.

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Group aims to improve food at Pennsylvania corner stores

From Associated Press

January 2014 -- "We try to get people to try a sample, and in that process we talk to them about eating whole grains, and trying out new things, and showing them where healthy items are in their corner store," said [The Food Trust's] program educator Maria Vanegas.

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Circle Food Store in New Orleans opens after eight-year struggle to rebuild

From the Times-Picayune:

Over the past eight years, one question repeated all over town kept Circle Food Store owner Dwayne Boudreaux going in his fight to reopen the landmark 7th Ward grocery.

"They'd always ask me, 'When? When? When will Circle Foods open?" Boudreaux told a crowd gathered outside the store Friday.

"We weren't going to let anything get us down," he said.

[With help from the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, a partnership of the City of New Orleans, HOPE Enterprises and The Food Trust], Boudreaux officially opened the doors of the store, surrounded by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, other city leaders, and bankers and developers who helped finance the $8 million renovation. A waiting line of customers, grocery carts in hand, snaked around the circular building.

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New report released on healthy food access and why it matters

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters:

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Healthy food retailers—grocery stores; farmers’ markets; cooperatives; mobile markets; and other vendors of fresh, affordable, nutritious food—are critical components of healthy, thriving communities.

A new joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust, Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters, provides an up-to-date review of the research. Three years since our 2010 report, The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters, the large volume of new research shows that improving healthy food access in low-income communities and communities of color continues to be an urgent need.

Without access to healthy foods, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. And without grocery stores and other fresh food retailers, communities are also missing the commercial vitality that makes neighborhoods livable and helps local economies thrive.

To learn more about why access to healthy food matters please read the executive summary and full report.
 


The Food Trust ranked #2 "high-impact" nonprofit in America in children's health and nutrition

In a study conducted by Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar USA, The Food Trust ranked #2 in a list of the top nonprofits in America working in the field of child nutrition/health. 

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WHYY highlights Night Market Philadelphia

WHYY produced two videos highlighting Night Market Philadelphia, a seasonal, roving event that showcases the local food truck scene, supports local entrepreneurship, and is "revitalizing Philadelphia's communities."  Check out the videos here


Michelle Obama: The Food Trust is part of the solution

July 23, 2013 – In her remarks to the National Council of La Raza in New Orleans, First Lady Michelle Obama talked about the progress the country is making in addressing the childhood obesity issue and acknowledged The Food Trust's role in increasing access to healthy, affordable food:

"We are finally starting to see some results, as childhood obesity rates are beginning to drop in cities and states all across this country. We’re making progress, thanks to all of you.

"And while we still have a long way to go, the good news is that right now, we have everything we need to reclaim our children’s health – that is, if we’re willing to step up and continue to do our part in our own families and communities...

"And it’s about empowering families with the information and resources they need to make healthy choices for their kids...

"Major American businesses like Walmart and organizations like the Food Trust, which is working right here in New Orleans, are bringing fresh food into our communities.  Restaurants are offering healthier menus.  Mayors throughout the country are refurbishing parks and playgrounds.  And we are bringing healthier breakfasts, lunches and vending machines into our school cafeterias."

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From Remarks to National Council of La Raza


The Food Trust's Karima Rose wins Minority Business Leader Award

Karima Rose, Director of Grants and Operations at The Food Trust received the Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and presenting sponsor Wells Fargo.


Award winners are leaders (corporate or non-profit) of ethnic backgrounds with high levels of responsibility at their companies - such as presidents, vice presidents, CFOs, partners or people in charge of a business unit. Awardees also play a strong leadership role outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations. 


Executive Director of The Food Trust receives Urban Leadership Award

Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust, received the Urban Leadership Award from The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR). The award celebrates exemplary leaders in the effort to build resilient, food-secure and livable cities. The Penn IUR Urban Leadership Award is awarded annually to urban leaders who have made outstanding contributions to urban scholarship and to building cities that successfully respond to the challenges of the 21st Century. 

Other awardees included: Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and former Mayor of Barcelona, Spain and Ridwan Kamil, Founder and Principal of Urbane Indonesia.

 

The Food Trust's Dr. Sandy Sherman wins award from the American Public Health Association

Dr. Sandy Sherman, Director of Nutrition Education at The Food Trust, was the recipient of the Catherine Cowell Award, established in 1993 to honor Dr. Catherine Cowell’s contributions to the field of public health nutrition. This award recognizes individuals who have exemplified excellence and achievement in administration, planning, mentoring and team building in public health nutrition, including meeting the special needs of urban populations and young children.


Philadelphia study finds 5% reduction in childhood obesity rates

A new study by the Philadelphia Department of Health is one of a small but growing series of studies that point to the first signs of declining rates of obesity among children. Declines were seen citywide. Despite its own economic challenges, Philadelphia was able not only to achieve an overall decline in obesity but also to make the largest improvements among African American male and Hispanic female students. 

Notably, the study doesn't credit one program or policy as the hero of this success story. Instead, it suggests that Philadelphia's comprehensive approach to obesity prevention -  a combination of increased access to healthy food, nutrition education and exercise - may be responsible for the reversing obesity trend.


Night time is the right time for mobile vending in Philadelphia

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June 10, 2013 -- Philadelphia is a "city of neighborhoods," and a city with a diverse, local food scene. To highlight both of these attributes, the city worked with the Philadelphia-based nationally recognized non-profit The Food Trust to create Night Market Philadelphia.

The Night Market is a traveling food event highlighting Philadelphia’s premier ethnic and regional restaurants and food trucks. It’s also a citywide economic development and community engagement initiative that could serve as a model for other cities that want to use mobile vending to bring greater visibility to their local food scene and showcase their neighborhoods as hotbeds of cultural and social activity.  Night Market events are generally a mix – about half and half – of food trucks and tent vendors.

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