Top 5 Events: Budget-Friendly Fun

With the new school year rapidly approaching, now is a great time to start saving up for all those back-to-school essentials. However, budgeting your money doesn’t have to ruin your summer fun. Check out these FREE Top 5 Events that will keep you and your wallet happy.

Shakespeare in Clark Park 
When: July 30th – August 3rd, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave., Philadelphia Cost:Free!

Fans of theater and iambic pentameter rejoice–the annual Shakespeare in Clark Park performance is back with “Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine.” This shortened version of the famous play will include the Battle of Shrewsbury in epic proportions featuring over 100 actors. As an added bonus, snag a spot at the exclusive free pre-show at the Gojjo Bar and Restaurant. Space for the pre-show is limited, so reserve your space now. The play is free to attend, so bring your picnic blankets and show up early for a great seat.

People’s Choice Concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra 
When: August 1st, 8 pm – 10 pm Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Enjoy a free performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra as they play your favorite pieces of classical music. Based off of voting on WRTI.org, the orchestra will reveal the show’s lineup the night of the performance. Better yet, admission to the concert only requires online registration in order to receive your free ticket. Seating is first-come-first-served, so be sure to arrive early in order to get the best seat. You can register and download your free ticket here.

Saxbys Cold Brew Iced Coffee Fridays
When: August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Where: Philadelphia-area Saxbys Coffee Cost: Free!

Love coffee? Then you’ll love the month of August. Thanks to Visit Philadelphia and Saxbys Coffee, every Friday in August is free iced coffee day. Make your way to one of the 11 participating Philadelphia-area Saxbys locations to receive a free 12 oz. cup of cold brew iced coffee. With five Fridays in August, you’ll have five chances to save some cash.

Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival
When: August 2nd, 12 pm – 8 pm Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Enjoy the diverse culture of Southeast Asia at the 4th Annual Southeastern Asian Dragon Boat Festival. Watch the dragon boat races as you taste a variety of cultural fares. Traditional and contemporary entertainment will also be performing. The festival will not only bring a greater understanding of a unique culture, but it will also be a great reason to get out and enjoy summer on the waterfront. The festival is free to attend, so go explore Southeast Asia on the Delaware River.

2nd Street Festival
When: August 3rd, 12 pm – 10 pm Where: N. 2nd St. between Germantown and Green Sts., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

What better way to celebrate the last month of the summer than with a free block party? The 6th Annual 2nd Street Festival brings local artists, musicians and food vendors to Northern Liberties. This giant block party will feature vendors such as The Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Glass-U and many more. This festival is free to attend, but bring money for vendors.

Top 5 Careers:
Planners and Wordsmiths

This week’s Top 5 Careers are for those who are organized and have a way with words. With opportunities from Campus Philly (represent!); Fairmount Ventures, Inc.; NeuroNative Labs; and Xerox Services, there is an opportunity for everyone from the English major who needs a part-time internship during the fall to the recent graduate with a marketing degree. Check them out below:

Campus Philly: Career Programs Intern
If you want to gain experience in marketing, event planning, and nonprofit leadership, and you want to work for one of the best nonprofits in the city (we’re absolutely unbiased), look no further. We’re looking for a student who can work 16-20 hours per week and who will assist with the planning of fall events, participate in partner outreach, and represent Campus Philly at events. Apply for the position today!

Campus Philly: Editorial Intern Profile Writer
If you want to work at Campus Philly, but you’re a wordsmith rather than an event planner, apply to be an editorial intern! We’re looking for a profile writer to interview successful young professionals in Philadelphia, highlight great organizations in the region, and introduce students to Philadelphia. We also have an events writer and a career writer position open!

Fairmount Ventures, Inc.: Associate
Anyone interested in consulting with an emphasis on nonprofit clients should consider this position at Fairmount Ventures. The associate will research practices, conduct interviews, submit grant proposals, and assist with strategy development. Applicants should have excellent communications and research skills, and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

NeuroNative Labs: Developing Startup Seeks Project Coordinator Intern
Want to work at the intersection of an art dealership and a creative agency? NeuroNative Labs does sales and marketing work for artists. Responsibilities include the interns’ project timelines and ensuring that deadline are met, coordinating proposals, serving as a representative of the CEO, and tracking billing hours, budgeting goals, and financial reports.

Xerox Services: Customer Care Representative
Use your people skills to work with customer services for Xerox Services. The customer care representative respond to incoming calls from active and former employees who have questions about their employer sponsored healthcare benefits, and this will be project-based employment. You can apply online, and the position is located in their Cherry Hill location.

Top 5 Events: Get Creative!

From dance to spoken word, Philadelphia’s ever-expanding arts scene brings a multitude of entertaining events to the city. This week’s Top 5 Events highlight some of the best ways to experience the arts in Philadelphia. Read on to find out where you can discover live music, movies, poetry and more.

Come Together Dance Festival
When: July 23rd – July 27th, 7 pm – 10:30 pm Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia Cost: $25

Experience the vibrant dance scene in Philadelphia with the 2nd Annual Come Together Dance Festival presented by Koresh Dance Company and PNC Arts Alive. This 5-day event features 24 local dance companies from various backgrounds including modern, hip hop, ballet, tap and more. Start times vary for each night, but all start between 7 pm and 8 pm. Discounted student tickets are available for $25, so go check it out!

The Harvest Open Mic
When: July 23rd, 8 pm – 11 pm Where: World Cafe Live, 3020 Walnut St., Philadelphia Cost: $5 – $9

Have a story to share or a dance routine to perform? Come participate in The Harvest Open Mic! This all-ages monthly event is sponsored by Spoken Soul 215, and shows feature talented artists, food vendors and giveaways with lots of laughs and fun! You don’t have to be a performer to get in on the action–come out and discover local talent from musicians, poets, comedians and dancers. Tickets to the event are $9 for the general public or $5 for Open Arts members.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Free Concert
When: July 24th, 7:30 pm – 10 pm Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 401 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

If you haven’t experienced the latest addition to the Delaware River waterfront, now is the perfect opportunity. Come out for a night of live music by local artists Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. Enjoy the concert as you relax in one of the park’s many hammocks or dine at the Blue Anchor Restaurant & Bar. Art installations synced with the live music will also be on display. The concert is free to attend, but bring money for food and drinks. What better way to wrap up your week than with live music, good food and cold drinks on the scenic waterfront?

The Awesome Fest Presents School of Rock
When: July 25th, 5 pm – 11 pm Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Unleash your inner rock star at The Oval with the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black. Before the film, listen to live music provided by some of Philly’s youngest rockers: School of Rock Philly, School of Rock Fort Washington, Girls Rock Philly, Bluebond Rock Music School and Kids Eat Free. There will also be a beer garden and lawn games to enjoy as you watch. The concert and film screening are both free to attend, so get ready to rock!

PHAIR Open Air Market
When: July 26th, 10 am – 5 pm Where: The Shambles at Headhouse Square, 2nd & Lombard Sts., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Enjoy this unique shopping experience that brings communities together through creativity.  Come explore art, food and handmade vendors from right here in the City of Brotherly Love. Past vendors include Crisp & Co. Pickles, Urban Works Textiles and Foolish Waffles. The market is free to attend, but bring cash to purchase all your great finds.

Top 5 Careers:
Fall Internship Season is Coming!

Hard as it is to believe (seeing as it is still the middle of July), fall internship season is fast approaching. Listed below are some of the best internship opportunities of the season, from design and marketing to media and public relations. So if you’ve got a creative streak and want an opportunity to gain some real skills this semester, check out these opportunities below.

Resources for Human Development: Design Marketing Internship
Since 1970, Resources for Human Development has been working to empower individuals and to ensure they have the highest level of independence possible. As a design and marketing intern, you would put your graphic design skills to use in assisting with special projects and helping with corporate communications. So if you want use your skills to help further a great cause, look no further.

Tonic Design Co.: App Tester
Want to earn some money while helping perfect an app? Tonic Design Co. is looking for volunteers to help test an app that is geared towards helping students afford college. You must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior and be on financial aid in order to be eligible, and you will receive a $50 gift card!

Ceisler Media: Intern
Do you have an interest in media and excellent communications skills? If so, Ceisler Media might be the place for you this fall. They are looking for interns to help with such projects as doing research for clients, news monitoring, drafting media advisories, planning events, and making follow-up calls to reporters. The internship will take places at the company’s Center City offices.

FringeArts: Development Intern
FringeArts is looking for a development intern to assist them in all aspects of the communications process, from research and gathering information for grant proposals to communicating through various platforms with stakeholders and supporters. The ideal candidates will be passionate, enthusiastic, and flexible and have a background in English, communications, marketing, or a related field.

YCenter: Public Relations Manager
The brainchild of Dhairya Pujara, a young social entrepreneur with a graduate degree from Drexel, YCenter aims to solve global challenges through collaboration and innovative projects. They specialize in overseas immersion experiences in which participants work directly with communities to address issues such as healthcare. They are looking for a public relations manager to work with them this fall, so apply today!

Night Market Philadelphia:
Feeding the Economy

Editor’s note: Updated for 2015! 

In 2009, Philadelphia had a weight problem: 66% of residents and 40.7% of children were considered overweight or obese with low-income areas at the highest risk. This risk increased in “food deserts,” or areas with few supermarkets and little access to affordable, healthy food.  Nationally, a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that “23.5 million people lived in low-income areas that were more than 1 mile from a grocery store.” Out of all major cities,  Philadelphia had the second-lowest number of grocery stores, and high-income areas had 156% more markets than low-income neighborhoods. Clearly, the weight problem needed a solution.

Enter The Food Trust and Night Market Philadelphia.

The Food Trust, a nonprofit, seeks to provide new ways for Philadelphia communities to access healthy, fresh food. Through their efforts, The Food Trust has helped to lower the percentage of childhood obesity in the city as well as drastically increase the number of healthy corner stores, which contributed to the 17% increase in food accessibility throughout low-income neighborhoods. In 2010, The Food Trust expanded their efforts with Night Market Philadelphia.

Night Market Philadelphia is a recurring, traveling market that brings food trucks, artists and small-business vendors to Philly communities. These roaming nighttime markets are not your typical farmers’ market–they’re a pathway to urban economic growth and food sustainability.

Night Market Philly combines the city’s growing food culture with up-and-coming neighborhoods to provide a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. Meghan Walsh, the project coordinator for the event, describes the markets as a way to, “showcase Philadelphia’s diverse food and drinks and vibrant arts and culture scene.”

“Night Market was born when The Food Trust was awarded a grant by the William Penn Foundation to explore an, “‘outdoor food court’ model,” Walsh says. “We decided that we would coordinate events that bring different Philadelphia communities together, centered around food, and features atypical festival foods and healthy options.”

Four nights a year, the Night Market takes over a different Philadelphia neighborhood and turns its streets into a hub of culinary and cultural diversity. The positive response to the Night Markets was almost instantaneous.

“Our first Night Market was in 2010 on East Passyunk in South Philly. We closed down the street, brought in about 10 food trucks, and basically waited to see what happened,” Walsh says. “Then thousands of people showed up, the lines stretched all the way down Passyunk Avenue and the vendors ran out of food almost instantly.”

Since then, Night Market has been held in 11 different locations including Northern Liberties and Old City, and it has been described by the New York Times as, “the best way to experience Philadelphia’s still surging street-food scene.”

“Night Market gives you an opportunity to try a variety of foods in different neighborhoods than you might normally frequent,” Walsh says. “You might discover a new favorite restaurant, food truck or general cuisine that you did not know before.”

Not only do these markets provide communities with better access to healthy food, but they also stimulate the local economies of these growing neighborhoods. This past March, the Philadelphia Tribune reported that “officials estimated that the Night Market events have produced $11.1 million in economic impact and have supported more than 100 jobs in Philadelphia.”

Through the efforts of Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), the Economic Development Administration recently awarded The Food Trust a $150,000 grant to further develop the Night Markets. This grant will work to aid local food vendors in development and entrepreneurial training. Through this training, these small businesses can continue to grow and fuel the city’s economy for years to come.

The Night Markets are a prime example of a sustainable food cycle within an urban environment. While the vendors at the markets are making profits, they’re also drawing attention and interest to the local communities the events are held in. These communities, while gaining access to great local food, then receive economic growth and return customers from the event. This economic growth can then be put back toward paying the vendors and the cycle continues to sustain the community and local food movement.

The Night Markets benefit Philadelphia in many ways, whether it’s through food accessibility or economic growth. The next Night Market is June 18 at Callowhill. If you can’t make that one, you’ll have two more chances this year: on August 6 at Lancaster Avenue and on October 1 at Frankford and Girard. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Night Markets, you can find out more information on their website. They also hire interns, so if you’re passionate about food and your community, consider joining one of the best places to work in Philadelphia.

By visiting and participating in the Night Markets, you’re contributing to small businesses, the local food movement and the growth of Philadelphia communities. Now that’s food you can feel good about.

Top 5 Events: Out & About

The weather this weekend is supposed to be hot, beautiful and free of rain! Enjoy the summer weather with events that will get you outside and keep you entertained with lots of pizza, hot dogs and jazz. Read on to find out more!

Pizza Party at the Oval
When: July 18th, 4 pm – 10 pm Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Where can you watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, see Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed cover band and enjoy a free slice of pizza courtesy of Pizza Hut? At the Oval’s giant pizza party on Friday night! The event starts with a celebration of the Oval’s new beer garden with the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, and if you’re one of the first 200 guests you can enjoy a free slice of pizza from Pizza Hut. Various food trucks will also be there to satisfy your cravings including sweet treats from Undrgrnd Donuts. The night ends with a performance by The Pizza Underground (featuring Macaulay Culkin of Home Alone) and a free screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Plus, the entire event is free to attend!

Franklin Flea Summer Market
When: July 19th, 10 am – 5 pm Where: McCall Schoolyard, 325 S. 7th St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

The Franklin Flea is back with more great antiques, vintage finds and handmade treasures. This weekend’s outdoor market will feature a variety of vendors including Hoof & Antler, Mouse Trap Vintage and the Captain’s Vintage. Come with an empty stomach to taste fare from Luke’s Lobster, Milk + Sugar, Peddler Coffee and many more. If you can’t make this weekend’s market, you’ll have one more chance on August 16th. The flea is free to attend, but bring cash to spend!

Kennett Square Summer Sidewalk Sale
When: July 19th, 10 am – 5 pm; July 20th, 11 am – 4 pm Where: State, Union, & Broad Sts., Kennett Square Cost: Free!

Kennett Square’s 4th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale is back with tons of great vendors and discounts. You’re sure to find great deals on everything from clothing to antiques at all of downtown Kennett Square’s shops. Since Kennett Square is known as the “mushroom capital of the world,” check out some of the local food vendors for tasty snacks and drinks! The sale is free to browse, but bring cash for all the great deals!

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
When: July 19th, 12 pm – 7 pm Where: Saunders Park Greene, 39th St. & Powelton Ave., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

In its 8th year, the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival brings celebrated musicians and local artists to West Philly. Musicians include saxophonist Azar Lawrence, Charlene Holloway Band, Josh Lawrence and many more. You can also browse booths from artists and vendors featuring everything from handmade jewelry to delicious candy. Food trucks attending the event include Curbside Creamery, Greensgrow Mobile Truck, Side of the Road Jerk Chicken and more! The festival is free to attend, but bring cash for food and vendors.

Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off
When: July 19th, 1 pm – 4 pm Where: Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Grilling hot dogs is a staple of the summer season, and the Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off will elevate the tradition to new heights. Come sample hot dogs and sausages from 20 different restaurants as they battle it out for the winner of best dog. Hot dogs will be judges by celebrities and chefs including Marc Summers, host of the Food Network’s “Unwrapped.” For the 21+ crowd, Victory Brewing Company and 5 O’Clock Brew Co. will be providing cold brews. The event is free to attend, but bring cash if you want to sample the food and drinks.

Top 5 Careers: Work, Learn, Earn!

This week’s Top 5 Careers all offer structured but independent environments for personal and professional growth. From business strategies to local government and hospitality, read on for opportunities to lead and learn in the workplace!

1. Philadelphia City Council: Philadelphia City Council Fellowship
This fast-paced internship program will put you in City Hall and at the heart of important Philadelphia-wide legislative and outreach initiatives. Whether your passion is research, information science, or policy development, City Council is the place for those looking for a high-impact experience. Learn more here!

2. Your Personal Chef: Marketing Assistant
Interested in the hospitality industry, or looking to try your hand at marketing and customer outreach? This internship with Your Personal Chef will allow you to flex your creative muscles as you assist in the development of business strategies and communications in the food provider industry. Eligible interns will receive academic credit for their work!

3. Princeton Review: Tutoring Administrator
This paid position will require attention to detail, organizational skills, and a proactive communication style. As a tutoring admin, you would oversee many office functions, including scheduling, payroll coordination, classroom supplies, and customer service. Join the Princeton Review team by applying today!

4. Alura Business Solutions: Support Analyst
This full-time position at Alura Business Solutions is open to candidates who are tech-savvy, software proficient, and eager to provide quality service to clientele. Duties include computer setup, configuration, end user training, and product research and support. Qualified applicants should also demonstrate a drive to serve and a confidence in new and challenging situations.

5. Karma Agency: Account Management Internship
Karma Agency works on content management for many high-profile Philadelphia clients, and now is your chance to join this dynamic team! This position offers a rich array of hands-on experience and will require at least three days of full-time availability. Intern duties often include brand and category research, project management, creative brief writing, and project planning. Find out more about qualifications and internship details here.

Top 5 Events: Ballets, Blueberries and Block Parties

Summer is in full swing and Philadelphia has plenty of events to keep you busy and entertained. This week’s Top 5 Events range from breathtaking aerial acts to science fiction film festivals, so go check out all Philly has to offer!

BalletX Premieres “Sunset, 0639 Hours”
When: July 9th – 13th, 8 pm – 10:30 pm Where: The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia Cost: $22-$35

Created by BalletX’s Co-Artistic Director, Matthew Neenan, this original ballet tells the story of a pilot who dared to travel across open ocean from New Zealand to Hawaii. The contemporary ballet features an original score by award-winning composer Rosie Langabeer and is inspired by the sounds and culture of the South Pacific. Student tickets are available for $25 with a valid ID. Some showings of this five-night event are already sold out, so go grab your tickets while you can!

15th Annual Blobfest
When: July 11th – 13th, 11 am – 11 pm Where: The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville Cost: $0-$9

Where can you celebrate the kitschy science fiction and horror movies of the 1950’s? At the 15th annual Blobfest in Phoenixville! In celebration of the 1958 film The Blob, this three-day event features a “run-out” of the Colonial Theatre, a street festival, a costume contest, multiple movie screenings and special guests! All events outside of the theater are free, but screenings cost $9 with a valid student ID.

Bluegrass & Blueberries Festival
When: July 12th – 13th, 10 am – 6 pm Where: Peddler’s Village, Lahaska Cost: Free!

July is National Blueberry Month, so come celebrate these sweet berries at Peddler’s Village! Specialties include blueberry desserts, jams, cocktails and savory dishes! The shops at Peddler’s Village will also have sales and specials on select blueberry-themed items. Each day will also feature local bluegrass and country musicians that are sure to entertain. This festival is free to attend, so come celebrate the blueberry!

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party
When: July 12th, 6 pm – 10 pm Where: Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia Cost: $27

Come check out The Fray, Neon Trees, Barcelona, Oh Honey, and Bel Heir at Radio 104.5’s July Block Party! These monthly shows are usually free, but due to scheduling difficulties only 7,000 free tickets were made available. However, if you didn’t snag a free ticket you can purchase one for the low price of $27! So get your tickets and prepare yourself for an amazing show by these five talented bands!

Invisible River
When: July 12th – 13th, 7 pm – 9 pm Where:  Strawberry Mansion Bridge & Kelly Drive, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

If you’re looking for something a little different, check out this two-day art performance along the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive. Invisible River, lead by choreographer Alie Vidich, aims to honor the Schuylkill River through art. Events include dance performances, art installations and a daring aerial act beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. You can view the dances and aerial act from the Schuylkill banks for free, or you can purchase a ticket to view the aerial act by boat starting at $25. Watch a recap of last year’s event here.

 

Nourished: Eating Well,
Eating Local in Philly

On a typical Saturday morning in West Philadelphia, neighborhood residents flock to Clark Park to browse the weekly array of of fresh eggs, organic meats and dairy, homemade baked goods, and the latest harvest of fruits and vegetables. Patrons fill their baskets with carefully selected items, sampling all-natural nut butters, swapping recipes, and sniffing fresh herbs as they hunt for bargains.  Large signs proclaiming, “We Accept EBT/SNAP” alert patrons that lack of cash need not deter them. The exchange of goods and conversation continues until mid-afternoon, as hundreds of customers stock up on the fresh fare.

“I’m here every week–even in the winter,” says Kaylen Deere, a West Philadelphia resident. As one of over 30 farmers markets in the city, this weekly gathering of regional farmers and artisans is just one of the reasons that Philadelphia is a hub for the growing movement towards local food.

 While nationwide trends toward “farm-to-table” dining and sustainable agriculture continue to gain momentum, residents of the greater Philadelphia area are increasingly recognizing the bounty in their own backyards. Nestled among the fertile farmland and rich agriculture tradition of the region, Philadelphia is an ideal place for would-be “locavores.” In addition to frequenting their local farmers markets, many are signing up for Community Supported Agriculture deliveries, or scoping out locally sourced products at select grocery stores (South Philly Co-op and Mariposa are two favorites).

 Many of these resources are made possible by the concerted efforts of farmers, vendors, and non-profit coordinators such as Fair Food Philly, which assists local farmers in finding outlets for their products.  “The past fifteen years have seen a lot of positive change in Philadelphia,” says Mary Duffy, Director of Development and Communications at Fair Food Philly, “there’s greater awareness, access, and interest in eating locally.” Among the benefits of eating locally, says Duffy, are “a stronger local economy, lower environmental impact, and healthier, fresher foods.”

“There’s a wealth of amazing crops growing just outside the city, and we especially love the small, family-run farms.”
Mary Duffy, Fair Food Philly

In addition, Fair Foods Philly runs a Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market which is stocked year-round with items from over 90 sustainable food producers from the region. “We have seasonal vegetables and fruits, sustainable and ethically-raised meats, jams, juice…and cheese,” says Duffy. “Our selection is the largest locally-sourced cheese variety in the city! Pennsylvania is one of the country’s premier dairy producers, and we love it all.” The Farmstand also runs a dollar matching program which allows customers using EBT/SNAP to receive up to $10 in “Double Dollars” each week. “I really think everyone can win when it comes to local eating,” says Duffy.

Kasey Esposito, a Community Associate for Farmers Markets at the Food Trust, likewise believes in the power of local food movements to bolster community health and economies.  She worries, however, that “there are many people who live in environments where access to healthy food of any kind is not possible.”

At the Food Trust, a Philly-founded non-profit that has gained national recognition, Esposito and her associates work to bring fresh, affordable, and sustainable nutrition to underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia. For Esposito, “issues of poverty and ill-health go hand-in-hand.” Much of the Food Trust’s outreach takes place in public health clinics, where ailing community members seek low-cost care.  “We go to where the need is. We are working to bring healthy food to these people, but a lot depends on just getting the word out.”

While the Food Trust is active in educational programming in local schools and recreation centers, the organization also seeks to increase individual agency to access healthy food. “We have many resources to help make healthy choices a realistic option for people,” says Esposito. Bringing grocery stores and farmers markets to urban “food deserts”–neighborhoods where fast food and processed products are the only options– is the first step.  In addition, the Food Trust’s “Philly Food Bucks” program allows EBT/SNAP customers to receive coupons redeemable for fruits and vegetables at local vendors. “Many people aren’t familiar with eating produce, but by allowing them a risk-free way to try fresh food, we’re seeing a lot of interest growing in healthier options. ” The Food Trust comes full-circle in its community-building objectives by ensuring that all produce at these markets are locally-sourced.

The Food Trust serves 400,000 customers annually, with 50% of sales taking the form of food assistance transactions. 77% of shoppers in our low-income markets indicated that prices for our fresh, local produce were “less expensive” or “about the same” as the stores in their neighborhood. -Kasey Esposito, The Food Trust

In 2014, the Food Trust is adding five new markets to its already-impressive twenty-four locations. “We could definitely use more volunteers,” says Esposito. To find out how you can get involved in the Food Trust, click here.

Outside of the farmers market circuit, locally-sourced restaurants and food artisans provide a bounty of opportunities to support neighboring agriculture. (Check out Philly Homegrown’s directory of locally-sourced venues, click here). “More and more food artisans and restaurants are opting for local ingredients,” says Duffy. “In my opinion, in addition to supporting a sustainable local food system, these products are also better quality.”

Even cost-conscious college students are finding ways to eat locally. Afnaan Moharram, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, tries to balance her budget while making intentional food choices. “I don’t eat completely locally, but I’ve been buying from farmer’s markets to ensure that I get a decent amount of my food from local farms,” says Moharram, “I wish I were able to eat local and organic 100% of the time, and ultimately I do hope to have the majority of the food I eat be local and organic.”

The good news: locavores come in all shapes and sizes, says Duffy, and any amount of effort can make a positive impact on the environment, local economy, and personal health. “If you’re not sure if it’s for you, I encourage you to just give it a try,” Duffy urges. “I think you’ll find it worthwhile. And delicious.”

Top 5 Careers: Dig in!

The best internships offer the chance to develop new skills while deepening existing knowledge, and can even be a stepping stone to full-time pursuits. This week’s Top Five Careers all require immediate, hands-on engagement, so read on if you’re looking for a challenging and valuable jobsite experience!

1. Financial Operations Internship at Bentley Systems
Take an active role inside a major software firm! While at Bentley, you’d participate in data analysis, utilization, and research as a part of Bentley’s mission to facilitate operability and efficiency for its impressive clientele. Apply today!

2. Promise Zone Internship at Mayor’s Office
Did you know President Obama named Philadelphia as one of three target cities for a federal initiative, the Promise Zone? This fall, you can partner with the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and be a part of implementing the agency’s goals. As an intern, you’d assist in a variety of tasks aimed at developing and uplifting some of Philadelphia’s much-deserving neighborhoods.

3. Public Relations Internship at the Cline Group
Combine creativity, strategy, and communication skills as a Public Relations Intern at international marketing firm, the Cline Group! During your time at the firm, you’d not only be exposed to the internal elements of the business, but also participate in client relations and collaborative projects. Successful interns may even find themselves in position to receive a full-time offer!

4. Production Assistants for Feature Film
Looking to break into the entertainment or production industries? Join a local film-making project and gain experience while working on a feature film! Skilled assistants needed for all sides of the production process, and any interested students may apply!

5. Design Marketing Intern at Resources for Human Development
Calling all (tech-savvy) artists! Resources for Human Development is seeking talented candidates for their Design Marketing Internship for the Fall. This position would include social media management, signage and marketing material design, content development, and communications. RHD promises an integrated and valuable experience for its design intern–apply today!