The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (The Fund) has been awarded $100,000 by the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to launch the new Meaningful Meals program to provide Philadelphia families in low-income neighborhoods with boxes of healthy food.
Families will be able to pick up 20-pound food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and dairy. The Fund and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Meaningful Meals is made possible by Eat Right Philly and the Share Food Program as a participant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Boxes Program.
Families will also have the opportunity to sign up for a five-session series of virtual cooking classes to create healthy and delicious meals with their food boxes, making Meaningful Meals an all-around collaborative experience. As part of the classes, they will receive other dry good items, such as pasta and spices that are not available with the food boxes, as well as small pieces of cooking equipment such as pots, pans, and utensils.
Food distribution will occur every two weeks with drive- and walk-up access. Site selection is based on equitable distribution to maximize student reach and prioritize areas of the city with the most need. The program will begin at the following schools and rotate every other week:
- Franklin S. Edmonds (Northwest Philadelphia – 80th St & Thouron St.)
- Southwark (South Philadelphia – 9th St. & Mifflin St.)
- Delaplaine McDaniel (South Philadelphia 22nd St. & Moore St.)
- John M Patterson (Southwest Philadelphia – 70th St. & Buist)
- Edward Heston (West Philadelphia -54th St & Lancaster Ave)
- William McKinley (North Philadelphia – 4th St. & Diamond St)
- William Dick (North Philadelphia – 24th St. & Diamond St)
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