The Common Market in the News

Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards

Social Innovations

The Greater Philadelphia SIJ Awards honors our region’s most passionate social innovators, entrepreneurs and Changemakers whose work and social impact too often goes unacknowledged, yet their efforts are what makes our communities across Greater Philadelphia the thriving region of innovation and opportunity they are for all people. The Common Market won first place in the Social Ventures category.

Drexel’s dining goes green

Food Management

“Student feedback is integral to enhancing the campus dining experience,” says Steven Lewis, Aramark’s marketing manager at Drexel. So last fall, the Philadelphia-based college rolled out more fresh, healthy food options utilizing sustainable food practices.

It’s a Natural, for the Holidays and After: A partnership created by CulinArt is enabling TC to eat local (and healthy)

Teachers College Columbia University

“We are learning from the people we buy from,” says Michael D’Abundo, Executive Chef.

Indeed when it comes to food provided by The Common Market, a story typically goes with it. The vendor provides CulinArt with a data sheet to place in front of the products on their tables. “Usually there is a picture of the family that owns the farm and tells you about the history and the products you’re receiving from there,” D’Abundo says.

D.C. Public Schools To Become First on East Coast to Adopt Good Food Purchasing Program

Good Food Purchasing Program

The Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously today to ensure long-term commitment to implementing the Good Food Purchasing Program as part of a larger bill, The Healthy Students Amendment Act, that aims to improve student health and wellness. D.C. Public Schools will be the nation’s fifth to commit to the Program, which emphasizes five value areas: local economies, nutrition, a valued workforce, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Partners supporting this work include: DC Greens, DCPS Food and Nutrition Services, the DC Food Policy Council, DC Central Kitchen, The Common Market, [among others].

Tracing local products from a factory in New Jersey to a lunchtime stir-fry

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Companies often discover businesses like Fresh Tofu through The Common Market, a food distributor with offices in Philadelphia, Georgia, and Texas. Unlike large food distribution corporations, The Common Market is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting local farmers and sustainable food to clients."

Good food is good health care

Metro Philadelphia

"Good Food, Healthy Hospitals is unique in that participating hospitals actively collaborate to make the healthy choice the easy choice and create systemic change in healthcare across Philadelphia," says Catherine Bartoli, Healthy Food Procurement Coordinator at the Philadelphia Department of Health.

DEMOCRATIZING FOOD

The Philadelphia Citizen

For the last decade, The Common Market has spread affordable access to locally-sourced nutrient-dense food to the city’s neediest. Now its mission is spreading nationwide.

BIG FOOD Stars, Episode 2

Lunch Agenda

Our BIG FOOD Stars series continues in conversation with Daniel Abelson, Purchasing and Logistics Manager for Honeygrow, about how his BIG fast casual chain is scaling nationally, responsibly. Maddie Morales, Outreach Coordinator for The Common Market, chimes in about the impact restaurant chains that prioritize local sourcing can have on farmers and foodmakers.

Clients clammer for Pennsylvania Hospital’s local food options

Healthcare Without Harm

Rob Raichle, a Sodexo General Manager, is excited to buy local knowing that it’s a priority for the client and that as a hospital, their purchasing power makes a difference to smaller, nearby growers. “The Common Market provides that connection to make it all possible.”