The Food Trust: Increasing the Availability of Healthy Food

Chapter 10

In this chapter of To Improve Health and Health Care, Volume XV, Will Bunch, a journalist with the Philadelphia Daily News and most recently the author of October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge, tells the story of The Food Trust from its beginning in Philadelphia’s Reading Market to the present day. The Food Trust, started more than 20 years ago and has been a pioneer in developing the approach in Pennsylvania of bringing supermarkets and other healthy food outlets to underserved areas.

In addition to telling the story of The Food Trust, Bunch examines one of the current controversies in the field—whether inner cities really are ‘‘food deserts’’ whose residents are deprived of healthy food choices—and how it affects the need for supermarkets in inner cities.