What We Do

Ensuring that everyone has access to affordable nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions

The Issue

In rural and urban communities nationwide, millions of Americans live in communities without convenient access to healthy, affordable food. According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, 29.7 million lower-income Americans live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket. They struggle to feed their families healthy foods. In the absence of convenient healthy food access, they travel great distances to the nearest supermarket, pay higher prices for lower-quality food at corner stores and suffer from higher rates of obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases.

The Food Trust Solution

With more than 20 years on-the-ground experience, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach to improving food access which combines nutrition education and increased availability of healthy, affordable foods. This type of comprehensive approach to food access has seen success in Philadelphia, where The Food Trust is a key partner of Get Healthy Philly, a groundbreaking public health initiative led by Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The Food Trust works with Department of Public Health to make the healthy choice the easy choice by increasing the access and affordability of healthy foods. A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that – for the first time in decades – the obesity rates among Philadelphia school children decreased by 5 percent between 2006 and 2010.

The Food Trust works:

In schools

In corner stores

In community centers

With supermarkets

At farmers' markets

At Night Market Philadelphia

Through policy change

Through research and evaluation

Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust also works in communities throughout the country.