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North Philadelphia farm in a food desert gives free produce to locals during the pandemic

Eggplant and beets are not the kinds of vegetables Tanisha Muse typically buys, but through a program offering free produce from Sanctuary Farm in North Philly, they are now part of her family’s diet. “It’s still not my first thought to get beets at the supermarket,” says Muse, a West Philly resident. “That might never

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Nonprofit’s volunteers gleaned and distributed more than half a million pounds of produce in 2020

Sally Quigley is not a farmer. But today, at a food distribution event in the parking lot of CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, she could fool anyone. She looks down at a table heaping with butternut squash and recalls wistfully how she planted this squash and later got to harvest it. Today, she’s proud to

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Philly’s new pay-what-you-can, outdoor food hall pop-up is on a mission to help curb student hunger

Callowhill’s new outdoor dining space Gather was designed to sit opposite of current food hall trends. “They’ve become expensive and hip, with well-established vendors,” explains Meegan Denenberg, co-founder of Little Giant Creative, a Philadelphia-based boutique branding and events agency. “At the end of the day, food halls used to be about low barriers of entry,

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Community-minded Philadelphians find a new way to be neighborly amidst the pandemic

With a smattering of bright yellow refrigerators across the city, Michelle Nelson is on a mission to better the lives of food-insecure Philadelphians in light of the pandemic. “COVID has amplified problems that have always existed and made them more prevalent,” says Nelson, the founder of the Mama-Tee.com Community Fridge Project, which established Philadelphia’s first

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Germantown mutual aid program dreams of a permanent “free market” for the people, by the people

Something special happens at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Church Lane every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. A collective of neighbors and volunteers gather in The People’s Lot, with cardboard box cutouts that read “Free Food,” but that’s not all that brings people in. If you travel to The People’s Lot, you will see an

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Philly Vegan Restaurant Week is back this week—and organizers are giving all proceeds to participating restaurants

A whole week dedicated to vegan food? Count us in. This Sunday, October 18, marks the start of Philadelphia Vegan Restaurant Week — seven whole days of jam-packed vegan platters and desserts. Founded by Nicole Koedyker, PVRW began as an idea to promote more vegan experimentation in local restaurants. Koedyker and several of her now-colleagues

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