M&T Bank Partners with The Community Grocer to Address Food Access and Insecurity In Philadelphia
The bank recently donated
TCG enables residents to purchase locally sourced and pre-portioned meal kits, which they can take home and prepare, or "trade" the ingredients for a meal that is freshly prepared and ready to eat – bypassing restrictions that don't allow food stamps to purchase prepared meals. The kits stem from the organization's mission of making eating well easier while ensuring its neighbors have the help they need preparing their ingredients.
TCG's program has been vetted and approved by
"Giving back isn't just an option, it's a responsibility," said
Alexandre Imbot, TCG's CEO and co-founder, said: "TCG is providing education from soil to supper, promoting sustainability in a country where nearly 40% of food is wasted, and challenging the food systems that leave entire neighborhoods without access to fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant food."
In addition to the first-of-its-kind corner store located at
"Regardless of someone's level of financial education, we meet them where they are," Smith said. "By leading community workshops, our goal is to equip our neighbors with the skills and understanding needed to establish a secure financial future, unlocking the potential for stronger communities."
Financing for the refurbishment of TCG's
The Community Grocer also has backing and support from The
"TCG's commitments are to our neighbors and the positive impact we have in our community," said
About The Community Grocer
Winners of the 2022 Penn Presidents Sustainability Prize, Silver Medalist of 2023 Greater Philadelphia Social Impact Award, and participants at the White House Hunger, Health, and Nutrition conference, The Community Grocer is reinventing the corner store and reimagining nutritional assistance to ensure that everyone has access to the ingredients to live stronger, healthier lives.
Promoting food security & improving health outcomes through their community driven retail access points of nutrition, TCG is supporting communities to transform SNAP eligible ingredients into delicious, healthy, and empowering meals through their innovative business model while providing critical resources for community growth and sustainability.
By and for the community, TCG is opening their first location at
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