Vetri Community Partnership empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education.
In rural and urban communities nationwide, millions of Americans live in communities without convenient access to healthy, affordable food. According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, 29.7 million lower-income Americans live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket. They struggle to feed their families healthy foods. In the absence of convenient healthy food access, they travel great distances to the nearest supermarket, pay higher prices for lower-quality food at corner stores and suffer from higher rates of obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases.
THE FOOD TRUST SOLUTION
With more than 27 years of on-the-ground experience, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach to improving food access which combines nutrition education and increased availability of healthy, affordable foods.
The Food Trust works:
Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust also works in communities throughout the country.
This place is kind of incredible. From scratch preparations, brail menus & sensory kits for autistic guests, $15.00 starting wage, space available for community needs & events, ethical sourcing & practices and more. At first glance it’s just a delicious breakfast / lunch spot but take a second glance to see the community driven excellence.
The menu is exactly what you want except that you then start finding sandwiches you might think don’t belong on a bagel.
…until you try them.
The staff there is one of the best in terms of friendliness, efficiency and over all awesomeness. And yet, despite an uncriticizeable staff they are a second place to the experience of their food which to describe would require I use common buzz words and hot descriptors. And this place is too good to make sound cliche.
You won’t be disappointed when you get your food and you’ll be elated when you realize how good the business is which you just supported.
Ringo Roseman opened The Bagel Place in the summer of 2017, though he’s been a bagel and a sandwich enthusiast his whole life. With 20 years of restaurant experience and a romantic notion of what a bagel shop can be, he set out to use all of his resources, tools, and expertise to create a comfortable home for the community.
Great food using fresh ingredients, prepared in-house daily, is something that everyone can appreciate. Excellent service and a warm and welcoming, family-friendly, inclusive-to-all, and cozy atmosphere are what you will experience at The Bagel Place.
But we feel that how a business is run is just as important as that product and experience. We strive to be an engaged and contributing member of our community, to do our part in supporting our neighbors. We compost and recycle, and contribute to area schools, churches, and organizations.
We donate leftover bagels 6 days a week to organizations that help feed the homeless. We provide a $15 minimum wage to all of our staff and donate the use of our space to an organization teaching American Sign Language classes.
And we’re just getting warmed up.
About The Common Market
The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.
Currently operating in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Texas, The Common Market is expanding to other U.S. regions to build a nation of vibrant regional food systems. Choose a location to become a customer, producer or to learn more about our local initiatives.
As a young married couple, Haile Johnston and Tatiana Garcia-Granados moved to Philadelphia’s historic Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in 2003. At the time Haile and Tatiana settled in, families of means had moved out. While the culture remained, the lives of everyday people were impacted by blight, vacancy and poverty.
Working as part of a neighborhood community development organization, they engaged young people in projects to beautify the neighborhood’s vacant lots – cleaning up, planting flowers and growing vegetables.
A field trip with their team led to an a-ha moment that changed their futures.
“By chance we stumbled upon a big agricultural auction about an hour away in a rural area,” Tatiana remembers. “And while we were there, we realized it’s not just communities like ours that are disconnected from healthy food. There are all these small family farmers who don’t have access to markets – they’re at the mercy of this auction system.”
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