New city program helps communities find solutions to nutrition inequity

Hadas Kuznits
September 29, 2019 - 4:30 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new program has been launched by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health aimed at promoting community-based projects to help battle inequitable food access.  

It's called the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative. It will pour $180,000 into six start-ups that help neighborhoods with food-based health initiatives.

"The goal is to identify and support community driven projects to advance food justice," said Amanda Wagner, Program Manager for Nutrition and Physical Activity with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  

Wagner says previous research has aided in identifying ways in which communities need help.

"There are these food disparities by neighborhood in Philadelphia," she said, "and different neighborhoods have different choices available to them, or limited choices."

And she says this program helps them solve those problems.

"Recognizing that different people have different ideas of how to address that," Wagner said, "that we don't have all the ideas in this."

So the health department put out a call for business ideas.

"And people could submit their ideas," Wagner explained. "We got over 100 responses. There's a selection committee and we chose six projects."

The projects chosen use gardening, storytelling, cooking and consulting to help make neighborhoods healthier.