The Fight Against Hunger
Share has numerous, vibrant partnerships with a range of nonprofits, community-based and public sector agencies. The Philadelphia Office of Services to the Homeless designated Share as the City of Philadelphia’s managing agency for the State Food Purchase Program, and the PA Department of Agriculture contracts with Share to operate the TEFAP Entitlement Program.
Other community partners include the Health Promotion Council, Coalition Against Hunger, the Archdiocese’s Nutritional Development Services and other direct service, planning and advocacy collaborations. Through our Urban Agriculture program, Share partners with the Philadelphia Horticulture Society to share greenhouse space, planting materials and equipment. The Philadelphia Orchard Project planted and tends several fruit-bearing trees at Share; the Philadelphia Bee Project houses beehives on our warehouse roof, and a stormwater collection program is diverting rainwater from our roof into irrigation for raised beds.
We have also expanded our partnership with the nutrition education team at the School District of Philadelphia, to help more students and parents access fresh produce and Share Food Packages. This partnership began at one school last year, expanded to 6 Philadelphia public schools this year, and will expand to 15 schools next year.
Share’s warehouse is a dynamic community food hub, with organizations whose missions are strongly aligned. Warehouse tenants include Weavers Way Food Coop, Bennett Composting, and Philly Food Works. As a community food resource, Share promotes synergies and enhanced efficiencies that result from sharing space, equipment and other resources.Be An Advocate