Bethesda Project began in 1979 when Reverend Domenic Rossi and members of his prayer group from Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania, reached out to a group of women experiencing homelessness in Center City, Philadelphia. Committed to caring for the women as they would members of their own families, the group rented an apartment at 12th and Sansom Streets.
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.
The Advocate Café (Soup Kitchen) has been a mainstay for the community since 1983. Monday through Friday 100-125 people per day are offered a delicious and nutritious meal for lunch. Dinner is offered 4 days per week to 30-35 children who participate in any aspect of the Advocate Center for Culture and Education After School enrichment program.
Teens 4 Good was founded in 2005 by a small group of determined youth and adults who shared a vision of addressing the issues of poverty, urban blight, and the lack of accessible fresh produce in many Philadelphia neighborhoods.
A leader in pediatric care since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s nationally recognized programs and pediatric specialists provide exceptional care to children from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and around the world. The mission of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is to provide quality pediatric services in a caring, progressive environment. St. Christopher’s Hospital is committed to quality through teamwork, technology and service in a child-friendly, family-oriented environment.
Staffed by a team of experienced health professionals, Rising Sun Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides friendly, convenient care designed to meet patients’ needs. Located in One and Olney Plaza, the health center teams includes Spanish-speaking staff as well as the Language Line for assistance with interpretive services. Rising Sun Health Center is a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
We believe in service. We work to meet every student, every person where they are with empathy, compassion and love.
Our teachers have worked in correctional facilities, shelters, libraries, community centers, hospitals, schools, businesses, service organizations and city facilities. We believe in partnership and the creation of long term relationships that foster and cultivate community.
What started out as a small food rescue organization operating out of a Subaru, 30+ years later, is an innovative, impactful and collaborative organization distributing more than 24 million pounds of food a year to those in need.