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Students wanting a snack in many Philadelphia schools can choose nutritious ones, including fruits, vegetables and non-carbonated juices. The schools in which School Markets have taken root have seen improvements in health, attendance and the overall spirit of the students. Much of this is the result of inroads made by The Food Trust's School Market Program during the last dozen years. Subaru provides financial support for the School Market Program.
The Food Trust operates farmers' markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and supports public school programs in the Philadelphia area. Its mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.
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The School Market Program is designed for grades K through 12. The program has three goals:
Students in the program open a store in the school, where they sell
fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks to fellow students and
In 1996, the program existed in one classroom in one school. Today, it's in 200 classrooms in 19 schools. Support provided by Subaru is helping The Food Trust to expand the School Market Program to even more schools. "Part of our goal is to take this program nationwide – into other school districts outside Philadelphia," says Duane Perry, Executive Director of The Food Trust.
Schools interested in the program can contact Duane Perry or Megan Hollinger at The Food Trust – www.thefoodtrust.org.