Community Initiatives

The Common Market leads and collaborates with diverse partners to improve food access and build health and wealth in communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Below is a list of our current initiatives including good food distribution, youth empowerment, healthy food in healthcare and supporting local food enterprises.

Food Access Fund

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The Common Market seeks partners to join us in making good food accessible and affordable. We can provide a 25% discount on good food purchases to qualifying organizations that are:

  • Mission driven (nonprofit/501(c)3 or social enterprise)
  • Community-based and their impact is focused and targeted (neighborhood or community/population specific, not necessarily city, region or country-wide)
  • Committed to expanding food accessbuilding health and wealth and/or alleviating food insecurity
  • Led by and/or works closely with community members most impacted by limited food access with a goal of leadership development and/or food sovereignty
  • Majority of food purchased with discount goes directly to community members most impacted by limited food access
  • It might be difficult for this organization to source from The Common Market without this discount in place

To become a partner in our program please complete our Food Access Fund Application.

Get HYPE Philly!

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Get HYPE Philly! is a citywide initiative promoting health and positive youth development in Philadelphia.  The Common Market is proud to be one of the 10 nonprofit collective partners leading this effort to empower Philly's youth to become leaders for healthy change in their schools and communities through physical fitness, nutrition education, entrepreneurship, civic involvement and more. 

Together, we are creating a lasting impact, helping to ensure that Philadelphia’s young people play a key role in building healthier communities and becoming a healthier generation.  Get HYPE Philly! is yet another way in which The Common Market is taking action to connect urban and rural communities to build the health and wealth of all people.

Good Food, Healthy Hospitals

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Good Food, Healthy Hospitals is a four-year, multi-faceted initiative to transform Philadelphia’s hospital food environment and bring healthier options to thousands of employees, visitors, and patients every day. Through semi-annual convenings and technical assistance, pledged Philadelphia hospitals are committed to making changes that promote health through patient meals, purchased foods, cafeteria meals, catering and vending.

Hear stories at 3 of our 14 healthcare partner sites: Good Food, Healthy Hospitals video.

This initiative is led by The Common Market in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Philadelphia healthcare institutions. It is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Get Healthy Philly. 

To learn more or to join our initiative, contact Catherine Bartoli at Catherine.Bartoli@phila.gov

Philly Good Food Lab

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The Philly Good Food Lab is a creative space for local food enterprises and entrepreneurs, anchored by The Common Market’s growing local food distribution business.

This 70,000 square foot warehouse space in eastern North Philadelphia is owned and occupied by The Common Market. We invite other food enterprises or other sustainable, like-minded businesses to co-locate with us in our facility.

Through this space sharing initiative, partners at the Philly Good Food Lab benefit from The Common Market’s existing food distribution infrastructure and responsible management. Our region will benefit from a flourishing ecosystem of local food enterprises.