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Philadelphia Chapter Event: Food Access to Food Equity – A Systemic Look at Hunger in Philadelphia Communities

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
3:00 - 4:15 PM ET
Location: Online via Zoom
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Contact: Mary Klein

PreCOVID19, approximately 45 million people in the United States struggled with food insecurity. With increasing unemployment and other challenges attributed to the pandemic, Feeding America now estimates more than 54 million Americans, including 18 million children, may face hunger this year. 

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from organizations doing the work to not only fight hunger in Philadelphia today, but also engage communities in longer-term solutions to hunger. Learn about innovative efforts combining improved food access with sustainable land use, healthcare, housing and more.

The TTN Giving Circle awarded its 2020 grant to the Urban Tree Connection, whose mission is to build a neighborhood rooted food and land system through community leadership development and land-based strategies in West Philadelphia. This Giving Circle educational panel will raise awareness of food insecurity as a systemic problem in Philadelphia. Panelists will describe racial inequities highlighted by COVID19 and Food Insecurity, and explain ways in which people can help with longer-term solutions. The panel presentations will be followed by a Q and A.


Noelle Warford, Executive Director, Urban Tree Connection (UTC)
UTC works with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land.

Melanie Cataldi, Chief Impact Officer, Philabundance
Philabundance is Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in nine counties in PA and NJ

Sue Daugherty, Executive Director, MANNA
MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, MANNA empowers people to improve their health and quality of life.

Adriana Abizadeh, Executive Director, Kensington Corridor Trust
The Kensington Corridor Trust supports sustainable and equitable community development through thoughtful real estate acquisition, community engagement, broad local ownership, small business lending and technical assistance.

NOTE:  Information regarding the connection to this Zoom lecture will be emailed to all those who have registered, 24 hours in advance.