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A look behind Philly’s first Black-owned, vegan ice cream business and the family values that shape it

The winter slump had set in for ice cream sales in late January, and Kianu Walker, the force behind  Vannah Banana, was dreaming of the summer—picturing himself not on a beach, as many people do, but instead in an ice cream truck. After starting the city’s first Black-owned, vegan ice cream business in 2020, Walker

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With expansion of Too Good To Go app, Philadelphians can now fight food waste at the push of a button

Connecting local dining establishments and grocery stores with eco-minded and bargain-hunting customers, Too Good To Go—an app designed to decrease food waste—will be available to Philadelphians starting February 23. Founded in Copenhagen in 2016 and currently available in 15 countries, Philadelphia marks the app’s third U.S. city expansion, following its rollout in greater New York

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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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