An urban farm in Chester embarks on its second year of feeding public housing residents (Chester Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
April 22nd, 2021

From WHYY Philadelphia:

The Ruth L. Bennett Homes, with 261 family units, is the largest federally subsidized public housing development in Chester. The homes, which require tenants to make less than a certain amount to reside there, already serve a vulnerable population. When the pandemic struck, they faced further financial hardships, and keeping food on the table became a challenge.

Enter the Ruth Bennett Community Farm, which is now embarking on its second growing season as a free food distributor for those in need.

The 2-acre property started off as a community garden on the border of the Bennett Homes more than a decade ago. In 2019, Chester — long considered a food desert — only had one supermarket. The farm has tried to be a source of healthy, affordable food, hosting a farmers market that carries everything from peppers and collards to eggplant and herbs.

Read WHYY Philadelphia's article "An urban farm in Chester embarks on its second year of feeding public housing residents," featuring the Chester Housing Authority.

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