Farm to Families Initiative

Proceeds from Dine In, Help Out will benefit Farm to Families, a St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children fresh food program that supports the health and well-being of North Philadelphia children and their families.

Fresh, healthy foods are one of the keys to a lifetime of good health. Working with a network of community-based organizations, Farm to Families ensures that families in North Philadelphia (specific zip codes include 19120, 19122, 19124, 19125, 19133, 19134, 19137, and 19140) are able to purchase fresh, healthy foods at affordable prices throughout the year. But it’s also important for household members to know how to use these foods to create health meals for their families, so Farm to Families includes nutrition education, recipes, and even produce care instructions.

Especially for people who live, work or worship in North Philadelphia, Farm to Families ensures that families are able to purchase fresh, healthy food at affordable prices throughout the year and that household members will know how to use these foods to prepare healthy meals for their families.

Boxes of healthy, farm fresh produce are available to order each week at near wholesale prices of $10 and $15 each. Yogurt, cheeses, eggs, meat and fish are also available.

SNAP/EBT cards (formerly known as food stamps) cash, and credit/debit cards are all accepted for payment. Orders are placed one week in advance by contacting one of the distribution sites.

Recipes and produce care instructions are included and each site features nutrition education programming.

By the Numbers – Facts about Farm to Families

  • Over 130 tons – more than 260,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food consumed since June 2010 – that’s 17,437 boxes of fresh, healthy food enjoyed by children and families in North Philadelphia!
  • Who is using Farm to Families? Over 25% of program participants scrape by on incomes of below $10,000 a year; with more than 50% living on less than $25,000 a year.
  • Community-based Collaborations – Farm to Families connects fresh food to a cross-sector network of community-based organizations including community development corporations, after school programs, and health care. Although of the clients are people who live, work or worship in North Philadelphia, they come from near and far including one family – whose child receives treatment at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – from Reading, PA. In addition to the direct food access, Farm to Families is working with The Food Trust to develop and train a North Philadelphia Food Policy Coalition to focus on issues impacting access to healthy foods.
  • A Prescription for Healthy Food – Healthcare professionals – including doctors, social workers and other medical professionals – at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Esperanza Health Center, and Maria de los Santos Health Center are writing prescriptions to the Farm to Families program through FreshRX. Families also receive a coupon for $5 off their first box to help ease the financial barriers to accessing fresh, healthy food.

Check out this video which tells the story about the launch of Farm to Families. Farm to Families