Funded projects

Since 2018, the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative has funded 23 healthy food retail projects across the commonwealth. Click on the photos below to learn about some of the different projects funded by the program.

Sprankle’s Neighborhood Market
Saxonburg, PA

“Feeding our community is the most honorable thing a grocer can strive to do. The PA FFFI is the vessel that helps create that opportunity.” – Doug Sprankle, owner of Sprankle’s Neighborhood Market in Saxonburg, PA.

When Saxonburg, a small town in Butler County, PA, lost its only grocery store in 2018, residents were left with few fresh food options. Doug Sprankle, of Sprankle’s Neighborhood Market, wanted to fill this fresh food gap. With support of the PA FFFI, the Sprankles family  purchased the vacant building and re-opened the store under their management. Sprankle’s Neighborhood Market in Saxonburg is now the family’s third family-run supermarket.

Since opening in 2020, the store has created over 60 jobs for the community, and has become a food access point for Saxonburg.

Owner: Sprankle Family (Doug Sprankle)

Community: Saxonburg, PA
County: Butler County
Region: West
Geographical context: Rural
Date Funded: March 2020
Grant Amount: $50,000

West Phillie Produce
West Philadelphia, PA

West Phillie Produce is a community-driven produce market located in West Philadelphia, PA. The store sells fresh produce and participates in various community programs including workforce development programs, entrepreneurship training, and health and nutrition education. West Phillie Produce received a grant through the first iteration of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative in 2009, before the store officially opened.

In 2020, West Phillie Produce re-applied to the program and received a $20,000 grant to purchase equipment including a walk-in refrigerator, a refrigerator to display healthy prepared foods, and additional tables, chairs and other equipment to keep customers safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past decade, West Phillie Produce has provided its community with healthy, fresh food and The Food Trust and the PA FFFI are proud to support this business.

Owner: Arnett Woodall
Community: West Philadelphia, PA
County: Philadelphia County
Region: Southeast
Geographical context: Urban
Date Funded: September 2020
Grant Amount: $20,000

Super Natural Produce
Reading, PA

Leopoldo Sanchez, owner of Super Natural Produce, is expanding his business to open a new supermarket in downtown Reading, PA. Super Natural Produce III will be a full service supermarket offering fresh, affordable, healthy food and culturally-relevant Hispanic food options.

Financing from the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative and its partner, Community First Fund, is being used to renovate a vacant building into a 17,000-sq. ft. extensive supermarket. Sanchez plans to transform the first floor of the building into a full service grocery store, and the second floor into a manufacturing and warehouse space. The second floor space will support both the supermarket and Sanchez’s distribution business, which will provide Hispanic food products to local corner stores and food service operators throughout Reading.

Construction for Super Natural Produce III will begin in spring 2021. Once open, the store will bring high quality, affordable food to the Reading community.

Owner: Leopoldo Sanchez
Community: Reading, PA
County: Berks County
Region: Central
Geographical context: Urban
Date Funded: November 2019
Grant Amount: $50,000

South Philly Food Coop
South Philadelphia, PA

South Philadelphia’s only community-owned grocery store opened in December 2020. With a mission to use food as a force for good, South Philly Food Co-op’s new, full-service grocery store provides fresh, locally sourced foods to the community. While membership is not required to shop at SPFC, the store currently has over 1,200 members, and established a Community Equity Fund to make member-ownership accessible to individuals at varying income-levels.

Financing from the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative supported the final construction of the new, 3,333 sq. ft. grocery store. The store offers a variety of fresh food and non-perishables, sourced from the local area. SPFC is located in an accessible location near public transportation, community centers and the South Philadelphia High School.

The South Philly Food Co-op has embodied the mission of the PA FFFI bringing fresh, high-quality, affordable food to South Philadelphia.

For more information about South Philly Food Co-op visit, https://www.southphillyfood.coop/.

General Manager: Lori Burge
County: Philadelphia County
Region: Southeast
Geographical context: Urban
Date Funded: February 2020
Grant Amount: $40,000

Northern Butler County Farmers Market
Petrolia, PA

Northern Butler County Farmers Market is a community-run farmers market located in Butler County, PA. With a focus on local products, the farmers market will offer a variety of items including fresh produce, honey, dairy, and local artisan products.

The project, led by Butler County Community Development Corporation in partnership with Zimmerman Family Farms and Five Element Farms, will bring fresh, healthy food to a community where residents currently need to drive 30 minutes to access the closest full-service grocery store.

A $20,000 grant from the PA FFFI will be used to kick-start the market, which plans to open in spring 2021.

Community: Petrolia
County: Butler County
Region: West
Geographical context: Rural
Date Funded: September 2020|
Grant Amount: $20,000

Mill Creek Farm
West Philadelphia, PA

“The PAFFFI grant is allowing Mill Creek Farm to expand its educational outreach outside the farm boundaries by assisting people grow food in their own backyards and front yards”

 Martha Griffin, Farm Administrator

Founded in 2005, Mill Creek Farm is an educational farm led by people of color. Located in the Millcreek neighborhood of West Philadelphia, the farm grows and sells fresh produce to the local community at affordable prices. Mill Creek Farm offers farm-based learning programs to both youth and adults in the community, in an effort to reconnect people with food and the environment.

Funding from the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative supported the hiring of local employees, furthering educational programs, purchasing supplies for the farm and developing marketing materials.

Mill Creek Farm pairs healthy, locally grown food with environmental activism, by offering their community fresh, affordable produce while prioritizing social justice and sustainability.

Farm Administrator: Martha Griffin
County: Philadelphia County
Region: Southeast
Geographical context: Urban
Date Funded: October 2020
Grant amount: $30,000

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