Our mission: Delicious, nutritious food for all

Founded in 1992, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, institutions, retailers, farmers and policymakers across the country to ensure delicious, nutritious food for all. Backed by three decades of research and evaluation, our holistic, community-centered approach to nutrition security weaves together three core programming elements — access, affordability and education — as well as a focus on advocating for public policy solutions.

Our shared values

Passion & Purpose

We are driven by our belief that nutritious food is a human right, and that eating well is an essential part of good health and happiness.

Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to create spaces where people of all races, genders, ages, religions, identities and experiences are welcome, and all perspectives are valued.

Collaboration & Innovation

We are committed to amplifying communities’ collective resources, and co-creating and advocating for adaptable, sustainable, creative solutions to big problems.

Responsibility & Learning

We listen and learn as we go, and we are accountable to the communities we serve.

Everything we do is guided by our vision

for a more equitable society, where nutritious food is abundant, people of all backgrounds are nourished and prosperous, and communities are thriving.

Strategic Plan

For the past 30 years, The Food Trust has worked to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. With the onboarding of President & CEO Mark Edwards in late 2020, we embarked on a deeply participatory strategic planning process that engaged our entire staff and our Board of Directors, as well as myriad external stakeholders.

The culminating plan, which centers evidence-based programs, community engagement and policy advocacy, will chart our future direction for the next five years, and guide us as we carry out our new mission.

Every day, we work to turn our principles into action. We believe:

Communities have the power to create a more just and nourishing food system.

We should all be able to find, afford and learn about the foods that support our health and bring us joy.

Together, we can disrupt the systems that were built to separate us.

Join our community

As a staff, we stand on the foundation of our shared values as we fight for nutrition security in the Philadelphia region and across the country. From farmers market managers and nutrition educators to technical assistance providers and national policy advocates, find your home with The Food Trust.
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