This group was formed during the Uprisings of 2020 which spread to Philadelphia after the public lynching of George Floyd. During these uprisings, many supermarkets in designated food deserts were destroyed. Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. - "Food Empowerment Project"
The hardest hit sections of the city were West Philly and North Philly. Recognizing our privilege as residents who do not live in food deserts and were not as impacted by the uprisings, we decided to help to bring groceries to our communities.
We believe that our focus should be on helping the community during this difficult time and will refrain from discussing the right and wrong of the actions that has led us to mobilize for our people within this space.
Here are the locations and dates we have already had the privilege of serving:
52nd & Lancaster on 6/2/2020 (Groceries for Philly Founded!)
Market & 60th Street on 6/6/2020
25th & Diamond on 6/20/2020
The U School on 8/16/2020
Malcolm X Park on 10/31/2020
Northwest Learning Hub on 11/22/2020
West Oak Lane on 12/20/2020
4465 Frankford Ave on 1/24/2021
We are extremely grateful for the support of Black Lives Matter Philly's Mutual Aid Committee, RJ, Philly Home & School, Turning Points for Children, FAWN, and Power Circle for supporting us and our work on an ongoing basis.
We hope to continue to bring love, support and joy to our community! Please support us by donating your time, goods, or money to keep this effort going at phillyrj.org/donate (put G4P) in your comment.
Assata Shakur said:
It's Our Duty To Fight For Our Freedom
It's Our Duty To Win
We Must Love And Support Each Other
We Have Nothing To Lose But Our Chains
We will continue to fight for our community in every way that we can.