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Healthy Shopping Tours Offered on 9/16

Fare and Square, the city’s non-profit grocery store run by food charity Philabundance, will be offering Healthy Shopping Tours to its members on Tuesday, September 16 between 11am-12pm. The session will help to teach shoppers about healthy meal options and will include lessons on how…

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Cook healthy meals on a budget with Fare & Square grocery store

Chester, Pa – June 24, 2014- Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store, has partnered with the Food Trust to offer Fare & Square members free Healthy Shopping Tours. The aim is to teach shoppers how to cook healthier meals on a budget. Learn how to:…

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Fare and Square to offer healthy shopping lessons in July

CHESTER — Fare and Square, the city’s non-profit grocery store run by food charity Philabundance, will be offering Healthy Shopping Tours to its members beginning July 1 and continuing every Tuesday in the month of July. The sessions will help to teach shoppers about healthy…

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Healthy cooking classes to be offered in July on Tuesdays in Chester

Beginning Tuesday, Chester’s nonprofit grocery store will offer free “health shopping tours” for customers during the month of July. The store, Fare and Square, has partnered with the Food Trust, a nonprofit that opened in 1992, to teach shoppers how to cook healthy meals on…

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Fare & Square Announces Free Healthy Shopping Tours in July

Chester, Pa – June 25, 2014- Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store, has partnered with the Food Trust to offer Fare & Square members free Healthy Shopping Tours aimed at teaching shoppers how to cook healthier meals on a budget.  The tours will be…

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Residents Enjoy 1st Affordable Easter Meal in Years

The Fare & Square Grocery Store is the first non-profit grocery store in the area thanks to Philabundance. In six months it has changed how people in Chester, Pa. buy food. Click here to watch the original broadcast on NBC10.com 

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Undersecretary of Agriculture visits Fare and Square in Chester

CHESTER — A federal official toured the nation’s only non-profit grocery store Friday morning, calling it a successful example of improving food access to low-income communities. Fare and Square is a 16,000 square foot non-profit grocery store owned and operated by Philabundance. Constructed in a…

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The man behind Chester’s miracle mar

It’s not quite the Miracle on 34th Street, but there’s a ray of hope at 9th and Trainer streets in Chester, where the nation’s first nonprofit supermarket opened this fall, bringing fresh produce, meats, seafood and other wholesome items to a USDA-designated “food desert” that…

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Bank of America Supports Fare and Square

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently presented a $50,000 donation to Philabundance to help support the opening of Fare & Square, the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store in Chester. Chester was a USDA determined food desert and had been without a grocery store since…

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An Oasis of Groceries

Twelve years ago, residents of this hardscrabble riverfront city watched its last supermarket shut down. As poverty deepened and businesses left, Chester was officially designated one of about 6,500 “food desert tracts” by the United States Department of Agriculture. This means the heavily low-income population…

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Media Inquiries Contact Information

All media inquiries should be sent to Marlo DelSordo,  215-339-0900 x1502

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A nonprofit supermarket in Pa. offers hope for suburban poor

Chester, Pa. used to be known for its shipbuilding, but manufacturing has now all but disappeared. It has a 13 percent unemployment rate and more than 30 percent of its residents live below the poverty line. It’s also a food desert. With more than 30,000…

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An Oasis in a Food

Watch the accompanying video by clicking here! Since opening last month, America’s first nonprofit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pa., a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in…

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The business model of Philly’s first non-profit supermarket

Philadelphia Business Journal By: Samantha Freda Since 2001, Chester residents have gone without access to a local grocery store. After a decade of being considered a “food desert” by the USDA, Chester has been given an oasis. Fare & Square is a new, 16,000 square foot…

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Food desert no more, Chester welcoming first grocery store in years

Newsworks By: Elana Gordon Chester’s first grocery store in over a decade opens this weekend. On the eve of its public unveiling, the project’s visionary, Bill Clark, describes the store, on Trainer and 9th street, as a mix of mayhem and excitement. “In addition to about…

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Shoppers in Chester, Pa. welcome 1st grocery store in 12 years

WPVI By: Nora Muchanic CHESTER Pa. – September 28, 2013 (WPVI) – It’s official. For the first time in 12 years, Chester has a full-scale grocery store. Located at 9th and Trainer, it’s called Fare & Square and is owned and operated by Philabundance. The 16,000-square-foot store…

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For long-suffering Chester, a supermarket

Philadelphia Inquirer By: Jeff Gammage Minutes after the Fare & Square supermarket opened in Chester on Saturday, so many customers crowded the aisles that every shopping cart was taken, and newcomers had to wait their turn. Otherwise, people didn’t stop coming through the doors all…

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Fare & Square opens in Chester, ending years of city as ‘food desert

Delco Times  By: Kathleen Carey CHESTER — The purple, white and green sign jutted into the brilliant blue sky Saturday morning and a purple inflatable carrot whirled in the wind as dignitaries and community residents congregated at Ninth and Trainer streets to celebrate the realization of…

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Chester Residents Welcome First Grocery Store Opening In 12 Years

CBS LOCAL By:  Mike Dougherty CHESTER, PA (CBS)– For the first time in 12 years, residents of the city of Chester now have a grocery store close to home. Fare & Square is a 16,000 square foot oasis in the middle of a food desert. Chester residents are…

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How mapping technology drove the nation’s first nonprofit supermarket

Technically Philly By: Juliana Reyes The city of Chester hasn’t had a supermarket for more than ten years. It’s what experts call a “food desert,” an area where there’s no place to get fresh food. Coupled with the the city’s poverty rate: 44.5 percent, it’s a…

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Non-profit supermarket coming to Chester

WPVI CHESTER, Pa. – September 26, 2013 (WPVI) – For the first time in more than a decade, a new supermarket is opening in Chester. Called ‘Fare and Square,’ it is the first non-profit supermarket in the country. “I just think it’s awesome,” said Chester resident…

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Nation’s first nonprofit supermarket to open in Chester

Philadelphia Inquirer By: Alfred Lubrano In Chester, a city where hard times often plow under shiny promises, a hunger-relief agency’s pledge to build America’s first nonprofit supermarket was greeted skeptically at first. But Philabundance may be confounding local doubters. Its Fare & Square grocery store,…

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Without a supermarket in 12 years, Chester about to see the opening of ‘Fare and Square’

Chester has been without a supermarket for 12 years, an infamous distinction that partially led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate the city’s west end as a food desert. The city finally anticipates losing that label with the launch of Fare and Square, a…

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45 complete Philabundance training course

CHESTER — More than 45 trainees that participated in a five-week Philabundance Service Industry training course recently celebrated its successful completion at city hall. The course included classroom and practical training in the areas of customer service, safe food handling, resume writing, interviewing, computer skills…

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Two groceries are headed to Chester

Philadelphia Inquirer Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer After a decade with no supermarket, making it one of the nation’s most parched food deserts, Chester will soon have two. Groundbreaking for a Bottom Dollar is scheduled for Friday, while construction on Philabundance’s Fare & Square, halted for…

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City without a store no more: Two markets coming to Chester

Newsworks.org/ WHYY By Elana Gordon July 26, 2013 For more than a decade, residents of Chester, Pennsylvania, have looked elsewhere for basic groceries. That’s about to change, and people couldn’t be happier. “Everyone’s saying the same thing,” said Mayor John Linder. “Finally. We’ve got a market.”…

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Grocery options edge closer to reality in city

Delaware County Daily Times By JOHN KOPP jkopp@delcotimes.com @DT_JohnKopp CHESTER — Having gone years without a full-fledged supermarket, Chester residents soon will have increased access to healthy food options thanks to the openings of a pair of grocery stores in the coming months. Soloff Realty…

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Fare & Square Announces Membership Enrollment Events in Preparation of Store Opening

Contact: Marlo DelSordo 215-339-0900 x1502 mdelsordo@philabundance.org   For Immediate Release   Fare & Square Announces Membership Enrollment Events in Preparation of Store Opening   Community members encouraged to sign-up for membership to receive maximum savings when Fare & Square opens   Philadelphia, Pa- July 16, 2013- Fare…

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