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To our friends, supporters and volunteers,
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of The Food Trust. I’d like to take a moment to share with you how our once-small nonprofit started 25 years ago in a tiny room at the Reading Terminal Market. As work to increase access to healthy, affordable food grows increasingly important, this anniversary represents an important milestone and is a testament to how far we've come.
Here’s our story.

Duane Perry founded The Reading Terminal Farmers’ Market Trust—the original name of The Food Trust—in 1992 when he noticed that some city residents traveled miles to Reading Terminal Market because they lacked fresh produce in their own neighborhoods. With the mission of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutri­tious food, no matter where they live, our important work began. 

One of the first efforts we took was to bring a farmers market to a public housing development in South Philadelphia. With the help of the Tasker Homes tenant council, we set up one long table of fresh vegetables and fruit each week for residents to purchase, and they told Duane that they “hadn’t seen that kind of quality produce in their neighborhood before.”

Now, The Food Trust’s 130+ staffers work in Philadelphia and across the country to change how we all think about healthy food and increase its availability. We’re bringing supermarkets to communities that have gone decades without one. We’re training corner store owners to introduce fresh produce, low-fat dairy and whole grains into their stores. We’re helping schools get fresh, local food in their cafeterias. Our innovative work has earned recognition from Time magazine, Harvard University and former First Lady Michelle Obama. 

This year, I look forward to celebrating this important milestone with the community members, policymakers, volunteers, farmers, board members and others who have been a part of our journey throughout the decades. 

And I hope you'll consider helping us along the way by volunteering your timemaking a donation or staying informed on important food issues. Because now, more than ever, we need your support. 

To the next 25,

Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust

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