The Weavers Way Food Justice Committee envisions a world in which healthy food is readily accessible and affordable to all. The committee aims to achieve this goal by initiating and supporting projects addressing short- and long-term solutions to food insecurity.
Support the Food Justice Committee's Summer Food Drive, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24, at all Weavers Way locations. We are collecting for four local food pantries: Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler, Holy Cross Food Pantry in Mt. Airy, St. Luke’s Germantown Nutritional Ministries and the Germantown Seventh Day Adventist Church Pantry. Look out for donation boxes in the stores, and sign up to work a shift and earn member hours while soliciting donations from fellow shoppers. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation.
- Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard: condiments (any), boxed rice (any flavors), teabags and coffee, Campbell's Chunky and Progresso soup, broth and gravy (all flavors), pancake mix and syrup, canned spinach, canned potatoes, kids' snacks/boxed snacks, dish soap, juice boxes
- Holy Cross Food Pantry, St. Luke’s Germantown Nutritional Ministries and the Seventh Day Adventist Church Pantry: potatoes, onions, oatmeal/grits, pasta, white rice, canned fruits, applesauce, condiments, fruit juice
Do you want to learn more about some of the issues affecting our community? Here are a few helpful links to get started.
- Food Waste
- Food Deserts
- Urban Farming and Nutrition Education
- "Hunger in Philadelphia increases while declining nationwide," philly.com
Food For All is a discount program for member-owners receiving public assistance including SNAP, Medicaid, SSDI, SSI, Military Disability, TANF-cash assistance and/or WIC. We believe that healthy food and products must be accessible to all, and this initiative is part of a wider movement across the country among co-ops as they promote food justice. Another helpful aspect of the program is that equity payments are reduced to $5 per year for eligible applicants. They will also receive a 10% discount at the register on most Co-op items. More information is available here.
We hope you will support our committee's work in spreading the word!
Here you’ll find dates, times and locations for upcoming FJC meetings, as well as future events and programming.
“Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” Summer Food Drive: July 7-9, 2017
Weavers Way Chestnut Hill, Weavers Way Mt. Airy, Henry Got Crops Farm Market and Weavers Way Ambler Office.
Thanks to the help of many volunteers and FJC members, 2,000 pounds of food and 200 pounds of household items were generously donated to Holy Cross Food Pantry in Mt. Airy and the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc., in Ambler.
The Greater Philadelphia region has many incredible, dedicated organizations working day in and day out to alleviate hunger and support food justice in the area. The goal of the Weavers Way Food Justice Committee is both to initiate its own projects and to support projects of these other organizations. In that collaborative spirit, the Food Justice Committee has created a database we call Philly Foodscape as a way for us to become informed about, support and collaborate with several of these organizations. More information on this program is coming soon.
Missed a meeting or just curious what we discuss? Take a look at the minutes from our last few monthly meetings.
Want to learn more about the Food Justice Committee? We are open to all Weavers Way Co-op members and look forward to your questions, participation, and ideas.
- Interim Chair: Amelia Duffy-Tumasz
- Administrator: Mimi Kahn
- Project Coordinator: Catherine Martin
- Education Coordinator: Joan Brookshire