PHILADELPHIA, PA — Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) and Food Moxie announced today they are partnering to fight food insecurity in Northwest Philadelphia. Under the agreement Food Moxie will run a 5-thousand square foot greenhouse and urban farm built out by OARC. The collaboration will provide structured learning programs with urban farmers, educational programs with local schools and partnerships to provide free seasonal produce, culinary herbs and flowers.
Said OARC President/CEO Kimberly A. Lloyd, “We have long known that food inequities and insecurity is a serious problem in our community, especially among seniors. With this exciting partnership we hope to not only shed light on this issue, but work to help those who are most at risk. This initiative is a key part of our Greening Solutions for Sustainable Living Mission.”
“We are thrilled to continue to build upon a 12-year relationship with OARC through the development of this active greenhouse”, said Food Moxie Board Chair Glenn Bergman. “With the generous support of OARC, Food Moxie is able to provide ongoing experiential educational opportunities to the community through access to the many health benefits of urban farming.”
Added Food Moxie Interim Executive Director Catherine Kendig, “Set to launch with the winter growing season, the greenhouse will be actively integrated into the ongoing programming that Food Moxie provides with local community partners.”
“OARC believes that healthy food options shouldn’t be a luxury in underserved communities. This partnership will offer our community more nutritious options that will improve their quality of life.” added Kimberly A. Lloyd.
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