Philadelphia, Pa- October 3, 2014- Fare & Square, the nation’s first non-profit store of its kind, celebrated its first anniversary on September 27th with a community block-party featuring music, food and more than a dozen partners offering advice and resources on topics from health and wellness to voter registration to economic household resources. Fare & Square’s first Carrot Club member, Mayor John Linder officiated the celebration and State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland joined in the festivities.
Chester was without a grocery store for 12 years until Fare & Square opened its doors on 9th and Trainer Streets on September 28, 2013. Fare & Square rehabbed the last operating full-scale grocery store space in Chester, which closed in 2001. Fare & Square created new jobs in Chester and employs 31 team members with 70% of the staff being Chester residents.
Fare & Square offers its 10,782 Carrot Club members convenient access to “good food right around the corner.” Fare & Square sells food staples in a 16,000 sq. ft. store with seven departments including meat, produce, deli, seafood, dairy, frozen, health & beauty products and brand name and private label foods. SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC are accepted in conjunction with low pricing, as well as a percentage off of future purchases for eligible members in order to help stretch customers dollars.
Fare & Square collaborates with other organization to bring additional health and wellness benefits to Carrot Club members free of charge. Some of these benefits include health screenings, nutrition demonstrations along with other resources. Fare & Square also offers assistance applying for SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.
Shoppers are encouraged to sign up for a free Carrot Club membership. Carrot Club members are eligible to earn rewards, including store coupons and special values. Members who earn 200% of the poverty line or less are eligible to sign-up to receive Carrot Cash benefits, a 7% credit towards future purchases to help households in need.
About Fare & Square
Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization brought Fare & Square, the first nonprofit grocery store of its kind in the nation to the City of Chester. The USDA listed the west of the City of Chester as a food deserts until Philabundance opened Fare & Square on September 28, 2013. Fare & Square provides Chester residents convenient, reliable access to “good food right around the corner” with a focus on food staples like fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods. The store is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fare & Square helps stretch customers dollars by accepting SNAP and WIC benefits coupled with low pricing and a percentage off of future purchases for eligible customers. For more information, visit www.FareandSquare.org or call 215-339-0900.