Giving Back this Thanksgiving Season


The Thanksgiving season is upon us! For many, that means turkey, stuffing and all the fixings! While many celebrate the holiday indulging, surrounded by family and friends—and, of course, playing some football—Thanksgiving can be challenging for those who are struggling. Far too many families are grappling with job losses, medical conditions and other challenges that make it hard to put food on the table year-round, let alone during this holiday season. Poverty unfortunately strikes people everywhere, including near your Edgewater apartment. However, those whose plates are overflowing can embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving this year by giving back to those in need.


Among the local organizations striving to lend a helping hand to those who are struggling is The Food Trust. The organization is headquartered a half-mile from your Edgewater apartment and works with communities across the nation to promote access to healthy, nutritious food, despite economic or social barriers. Locally, The Food Trust works with schools, stores, supermarkets, community centers and farmers markets to help connect lower-income Philadelphians with affordable food. It also operates nutrition-education programs for at-risk families, seniors and in schools, as well as organizes research initiatives to shed light on the power of proper nutrition in our communities.


So how can you help this worthy cause? Volunteering is easy! The organization’s farmer markets are driven by volunteers, so if you have a spare Saturday morning and want to staff a table, pass out information at the markets or help coordinate set-up, your efforts will go a long way to helping The Food Trust get out its message. The agency also has opportunities at its office for volunteers looking to help plan events, coordinate programming or other administrative tasks. Since it’s just a few blocks from your Edgewater apartment, this is an easy way for residents to give back.


The Food Trust

1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19103