Farm to Families works with community-based organizations to address availability and affordability of fresh food in North Philadelphia by:

  • Facilitating the purchase, packaging, and distribution of fresh, affordable weekly boxes of produce along with meat and eggs from local farmers.
  • Providing food and nutrition education, including food budgeting and shopping tips, basic food preparation and cooking skills, and demonstrations and taste tests, aligned with the weekly boxes.
  • Leading policy change efforts to make fresh food available and affordable in the food deserts of Philadelphia.

Each week Farm to Families supplies North Philadelphia families with boxes of wholesome fresh produce or fruit at a cost of only $10 or $15.  Boxes are packed with delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables, often valued at double the price.  Additional fresh items including local eggs, meat, and seafood are also offered at affordable prices.  Orders are taken one week in advance and cash, credit, and SNAP benefits are all accepted for payment. Click here to learn more about what’s in the box.

In an innovative effort to target families who are at highest risk, we are collaborating with area health care providers who are writing “prescriptions” to the program for their patients. Initially launched at St. Christopher’s Hosptial for Children, the program has expanded to various health centers throughout North Philadelphia. Families may opt to order and pick up their boxes at either St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children or one of four additional distribution sites in the community.

Farm to Families is open to all with no income restrictions. Please contact the site closest to you to register for the program and get started on a new, healthier way of eating.

Sample Fall season Farm to Families boxNew Kensington CDC
T: 215-427-0350 x110
Email: f2f@nkcdc.org
NKCDC Garden Center
1825 Frankford Avenue
(corner of Frankford & Berks)

St. Mary Medical Center
Queen of the Universe Parish
T: 215-710-4163
2477 Trenton Road
Levittown PA 19056

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
T: 215-910-2901
Email:  Melissa.melendez@tenethealth.com
3601 A Street
(off of Front & Erie Ave. in the Nelson Pavilion; parking tokens provided)

SHARE Food Program, Inc.
T: 215-223-2220 x113
Email: jbrainard@sharefoodprogram.org
2901 West Hunting Park Ave.
(intersection of 29th and Hunting Park Ave)

In addition to our North Philadelphia sites, Farm to Families is now available in partnership with St. Mary Medical Center. Pick-ups will be at the Queen of the Universe Activity Center, 2477 Trenton Rd, Levittown PA 19056. For more information including pick-up day and time, call 215-710-4163.

 

For further information about the Farm to Families program, please contact Jamiliyah Foster, Program Director, at 215-568-1126 or via email at jgf@scfchildren.org

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