Community Food Access and Affordability
Philadelphia adults consume fast food two or more times per week, and only 13% of children eat the recommended five or more fruit or vegetable servings per day.
In many communities, it is easier to find a bag of chips and a soda from a corner store than it is to find a fresh apple or low-fat milk. Get Healthy Philly aims to make it easier and more affordable for Philadelphians in all communities to eat healthy.
Our Action Plan
Develop a network of over 600 corner stores that sell and market healthy foods and beverages, and pilot test a citywide certification program.
- Market and sustain 10 new farmers' markets in low-income communities.
- Increase the purchasing power of SNAP (food stamp) recipients through Philly Food Bucks, which provides $2 of free fruits and vegetables for every $5 of SNAP benefits spent at participating farmers’ markets.
- Incentivize healthy food sales and production through zoning and planning with the revamped Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan.
- Reduce sodium levels by 10-15% in 100 Chinese take-out restaurants in low-income neighborhoods.
- Encourage all of Philadelphia birthing hospitals to implement strategies that support and promote breastfeeding.
2011-2012 Annual Report
- Enrolled 630 stores in the Healthy Corner Store Network, creating greater access to fresh, healthy products for 220,000 residents.
- Increased SNAP sales at farmers’ markets by 390% from July 2010 (when the program began) to December 2011.
- Between July 2010 and March 2012, distributed 61,141 Philly Food Bucks at farmers’ markets, recreation centers, WIC offices, food pantries, churches, community groups and local events.
- On December 22, 2011, passed the New Zoning Code, Bill No. 110845, that established provisions encouraging healthy eating.
- Piloted seven healthy carts in communities with limited access to healthy foods, high levels of poverty, and low car ownership.
- Started all of our Philadelphia's birthing hospitals on the pathway to implementing the evidence-based Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Find Out More
For more information, visit Food Fit Phillly or call 311.