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Fare & Square

Lack of healthy food access is a critical issue in the Delaware Valley. There were 35 food deserts in Philabundance’s nine county service area as determined by the USDA. By the end of 2012, there was one less.

Chester was without a grocery store since 2001 before Fare & Square and more than 54% of families in the City were forced to travel too far for groceries, according to a Philabundance Community Survey conducted in July 2010. That’s why we brought the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store, Fare & Square, to 9th and Trainer Street! Fare & Square is a systemic approach to combat food inequality and improve access to food for households in need.

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Philabundance has served the residents of Chester for more than 20 years and currently provides food to 14 member agencies in the city, 11 of which are food pantries. Fare & Square is a supplement to the agencies that already help those in need of food assistance.

Fare & Square offers shoppers convenient access to “good food right around the corner” that has not been available to residents in a full scale grocery store in more than a decade. Fare & Square sells nutritious food staples with a focus on fresh produce, meats, dairy, seafood, and frozen foods and will help stretch customers dollars so that they get more for their money. SNAP (Food Stamps) is accepted in conjunction with everyday low pricing for all customers, as well as a percentage off of future purchases for eligible members. Fare & Square also offers SNAP outreach.

Click to see photos from the Fare & Square Groundbreaking

Philabundance has rehabbed the last operating full-scale grocery store space in Chester, which closed in 2001, creating a new gateway at the corner of 9th and Trainer. What’s more, Fare & Square has created  40 to 50 new jobs in Chester, hiring from the community as much as possible.

Everyone is welcome to shop at Fare & Square. Shoppers are encouraged to sign up for a free Carrot Club membership. Carrot Club members are eligible to earn rewards, including store credit given through in-store promotions, program incentives and special values. The store is open seven days a week, 8 am – 8pm. Philabundance hopes to replicate the Fare & Square model in other communities in need in the Delaware Valley.

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Fare & Square in the News