Chew Philly Food Tours is committed to Philadelphia and it’s food in more ways than one. In 2014, we began donating a portion of our sales to The Food Trust, a local non-profit that strives to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to affordable, nutritious food. Whether it’s through their popular night market or their local farmers markets, The Food Trust is proving itself to be pivotal to the way our city thinks about food. Read on for our 4 favorite things about The Food Trust.
1 – The Food Trust Helps Children: Ask any parent – introducing healthful foods to children is no easy task, which is why it’s so impressive that The Food Trust has done just that. Recognized in Time Magazine: “The [Food Trust’s] program has been a remarkable success: one part of it, increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in elementary schools, along with nutrition education, is credited with helping reduce the incidence of overweight students by 50 percent.”
2 – Powerful Women Contribute – Just like Chew Philly Food Tours, The Food Trust values women in their leadership. Yael Lehmann, The Food Trust’s Philadelphia Executive Director, was recognized as one of Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine’s Women Business Achievement Award recipients this year. The prestigious award honors the success of women business leaders throughout America. In her tenure at The Food Trust, Yael has directed the growth of the organization’s farmers’ markets, nutrition education programs, food retail development initiatives and other programs to promote access to affordable, nutritious food in lower-income communities. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Yael is a mother and the bass player for “Happy Accident,” a band that plays locally in Philadelphia.
3 – They’ve Won Prestigious Awards – The Food Trust was recently named #2 “high-impact” nonprofit in the nation addressing children’s health and nutrition, based on Philanthropedia’s survey of 100 public health experts.
4 – Night Market – The Food Trust hosts the city’s premier street food festival, which New York Times called the “Best way to experience Philadelphia’s still surging street food scene”, and we couldn’t agree more. Named in the “Top 5 Nighttime Markets in the Nation” by Details, this market celebrates off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods and their foods – a mission close to our hearts. Their showcase of Philadelphia’s diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene is a must-see event…and the fact that it all benefits a good cause is just the icing on the cake for us.
We’re lucky to have The Food Trust here in Philadelphia to encourage nutritious eating habits in our neighborhoods, and are proud to donate a portion of our annual sales. Full belly, clear conscience. Happy eating.