The Common Market in the News

The Pandemic Reveals the Importance of Advocacy to a Food Charity

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

"The group now wants to advocate for new policies to make the food in government programs more nutritious and higher quality. It sees policy as a powerful tool to boost the amount of local produce in school lunches and other government programs — and it’s optimistic about what’s ahead."

USDA Invests Big in Food Assistance, Food Box Program Provides Cautionary Tale

Food & Power

"The Biden USDA has a tremendous opportunity to respond to crisis by building a fair, equitable, and sustainable food system. This ambition requires the USDA to understand the harm of prioritizing the lowest bidder over larger societal goals. 'Ultimately, if low price is the basis from which the food system operates, you undercut the economy’s resilience.'"

Houston Go Red for Women presses heart health, raises funds

Houston Chronicle

“The American Heart Association aims to be part of the solution by connecting food-insecure families with quality, nutrient-dense produce through a partnership with The Common Market,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Episode 54: Margaret Smith, The Common Market Texas

The Checkout

"The vision at The Common Market is to catalyze impact and partnerships across the value chain in support of building community food resiliency. In the wake of the pandemic, our work of supporting regional agriculture and food access efforts: we see it as a crucial strategy in ensuring a sustainable and equitable post-pandemic transition."

Tech Led Solutions to Address Food Insecurity during a Global Pandemic

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

COVID-19 has increased childhood food insecurity rates. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborated with Food Connect and The Common Market to deliver produce boxes to food-insecure families. Food Connect leveraged technology to use texting, scale delivery integrations, and optimize routing to deliver 95,000 pounds of food over a 16-week period. COVID-19 has increased childhood food insecurity rates. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborated with Food Connect and The Common Market to deliver produce boxes to food-insecure families. Food Connect leveraged technology to use texting, scale delivery integrations, and optimize routing to deliver 95,000 pounds of food over a 16-week period.

Get Healthy Philly

"There's an opportunity with every dollar spent on food to impact our entire society." –Haile Johnston

Philadelphians working across the food supply chain have a vision for our local food system. Hear what they think a healthy, just, sustainable, fair Philadelphia food system could look like.

Connecting families with fresh produce

Food Service Director

As school districts throughout the country switched to curbside meals when the pandemic hit last spring, The Common Market was looking for ways to help increase families’ fresh food access.

“We realized that we also needed to shift and adapt within the constraints of COVID and the challenges that imposed on many food distribution efforts,” says Rachel Terry, national partnerships director for The Common Market, a regional nonprofit food distributor working to connect local farmers to schools.

The global disaster relief organization World Central Kitchen has teamed up with Houston’s Common Market Texas to distribute fresh veggies across the city

Eater Houston

Together, the two nonprofits will source fruits and veggies from about a dozen farms across central and southeast Texas, including contributions from Houston refugee farming collective Plant It Forward Farms and Fresh Life Organics, along with Gundermann Acres in Wharton County. Part of The Common Market’s statewide network, these farms have offered to sell the kale, sweet potatoes, and winter citruses like oranges and grapefruit that weren’t destroyed by the winter storm to the organizations, making this a win-win prospect for both the farms and Houstonians in need of fresh food.

The Common Market Partners with World Central Kitchen to Feed Texans

FoodTank

“Thankfully, regional food systems are resilient. Our community partners are resilient,” Smith says. “It’s about feeding people and providing nutrition, and it’s also about quality, having our produce boxes communicate ‘you matter’ to families.”

School districts pitched in to help during hard freeze

Galveston Daily News

Jesica Medellin, project director for Galveston Independent School District’s Texas Afterschool Centers on Education program, carries a box of fresh produce to a car Tuesday. Medellin helped distribute 140 boxes of fresh produce from The Common Market to students and their families in need following the freeze last week.