Guest Post: Combating Hunger in Philadelphia

Hunger in America. It is a phrase that creates an image: rail-thin families searching the bare shelves of their refrigerators, desperately searching for any remaining scraps of food. But, hunger in American doesn’t always follow this picture. Hunger can look like obesity. And, in the city of Philadelphia alone, 1 in 4 residents are at risk for hunger.

The Haddington section of Philadelphia is one of the cities most under-served neighborhoods. A majority of this community’s residents live below the poverty line: 27.3% of families and 36% of single mothers are all struggling to survive. Food, therefore, becomes an issue. These families cannot necessarily afford the cost of nutritious fruits and vegetables and/or don’t have the access to purchase produce, and therefore are choosing less expensive and less healthy food options.

Fighting hunger
59th Street Community Garden

Recently, Sustainable Urban Development (SUD), a local non-profit organization, is working to combat the issue of hunger in Philadelphia. They opened the 59th Street Community Garden, which is located right in the heart of Haddington. SUD hopes produce over 3,600 meals for local families this summer through this garden. They also are hoping to teach and train community members to grow and cook their own wholesome meals.

Fighting hunger is one of the several goals of Sustainable Urban Development. Launching their program “F.A.T.E,” SUD is working on initiatives relating to urban farming, affordable housing, training of jobs, and early childhood education to help improve the quality of life in Philadelphia neighborhoods like Haddington.

SUD is always looking for donations—whether those donations are time, expertise, property, or money. Any little bit helps, and we appreciate all of it

-Sydney Fiorentino

Sustainable Urban Development, Intern

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