Common Market is a nonprofit food distribution company that connects otherwise disparate regional farmers to Philadelphia’s institutional customers, such as universities. Hoping to jumpstart the farm-to-healthcare movement in Greater Philadelphia, Common Market developed hospital-specific programs to shift purchasing patterns to healthier, locally-produced foods. The grant supported a consultant with a background in healthcare food services to design and deliver this new line of business.
Update: With their new system in place, Common Market was able to double the number of hospitals that are buying regionally-grown food. At the end of their grant, sixteen hospitals from across the region were purchasing, serving and selling (at their own farm stands) fresh, local food.