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    11TH & Arch St.Hilton Garage

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    12TH & Filbert St.Parkway Garage

Breaking Bread

In 2017, the Reading Terminal Market’s general manager Anuj Gupta requested and obtained a grant from the Knight Foundation for the project “Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers: Food as a Bridge to Cultural Understanding”. The project was originally set up as a series of intimate dinners hosted at the Market where different races, cultures, and ethnicities would come together to cook and eat delicious food. Anuj was inspired by a book called “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life” written by Yale sociologist and Philly resident Elijah Anderson.

The culmination event that marked the grand finale of the first series of dinners, in September 2017, saw the Mummers play some of their most popular tunes, while 150 people of various different cultures enjoyed dinner on Filbert Street.

“Every day the news tells us new Americans and old Americans can’t come together. We have proven through this project that it can happen.”

Anuj Gupta, GM at the Reading Terminal Market

The project has transformed into larger dinner events hosted in community centers around the city or parks, in collaboration with “Friends of Park” groups.The success of this initiative lays in the concept that food brings people together. During the dinner series, participants realized there are tons of common ingredients to cuisines from very distant areas of the world.

 

Food Rescue Program

The Food Rescue Program is made possible through a collaboration between the Reading Terminal Market, Philabundance, and the Food Connect. Every week, edible food from the waste stream is collected by the Market’s Customer Hub and matched to the needs of all Philabundance agencies. The rule of thumb that the Market uses to select what food should be rescued is very simple: if you would serve it to your family and friends, then you can rescue it! Last year, the Food Rescue Program at the Market was able to rescue 47,000 lbs of food, with an average of about 2 lbs of food rescued per week. If you want to learn more about this extremely meaningful initiative, you can contact Layla at l-eltannir@readingterminalmarket.org

Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program serves the purpose of engaging communities in Philadelphia and its surroundings on the Market’s historic significance, its current efforts, and the opportunities offered to support its mission. The program focuses mostly on residential buildings, community associations, and corporations and offers a few different kinds of presentation-styles and events, tailored to the needs of each community. For more information about the Community Outreach Program, or to schedule an event, you can contact Layla at l-eltannir@readingterminalmarket.org

Parkside Fresh Food Fest

The Parkside Fresh Food Fest is made possible through funding from the Knight Foundation, in partnership with The Centennial Parkside CDC, PennPraxis, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the Viola Street Residents Association, and All About Events. Through the Fresh Food Fest, the Reading Terminal Market honors its mission to provide healthy, fresh food to its surrounding community via a food share program and cooking demonstrations, while participants are offered various kinds of entertainment such as art and crafts activities, bicycle safety workshops, and a Philadelphia Free Library Book Nook to name a few.

The initiative aims to use access to fresh food as the glue to bring Parkside neighbors closer together while utilizing common public space to gather and encourage dialog. Participation to the program requires a subscription, and the fees vary depending on the number of events attended.

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Reading Terminal Market community. Please download the appropriate form and complete it in as much detail as possible. Return it to the office for review by fax (215-922-2040) or by e-mail (info@readingterminalmarket.org ), including the name of the form in the subject field.

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