Drexel Food Lab, the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ culinary innovation lab, is collaborating with a new partner in its goal of making food accessible, healthy and sustainable – the South Philly Food Co-op.
Students in the Food Lab will develop recipes using seasonal and local produce, for shoppers to take in-store and on the South Philly Food Co-op’s Instagram, as well as tips and resources for upcycling foods and reducing food waste.
It was April of last year when the South Philly Food Co-op announced it had cleared its last financial hurdle and green-lit the opening of its long-awaited store after 10 years of planning. It was expected to begin its final phase of construction on a new building and open later that year.
South Philly Food Co-op is a community-owned grocery store 10 years in the making that is opening its doors in a few weeks! New and exciting construction updates are non stop, and it is looking more and more like a grocery store every day. Just this week alone, the walk-in cooler & freezer arrived, refrigeration was set up, lights were added, and the outdoor sign was installed.
Ten years in the making, the much anticipated South Philly Food Co-Op (SPFC) is expected to open its doors this fall. To whet your appetite for what’s to come, SPFC’s new online shop provides an opportunity to stock up on the basics—plus local produce, bread, pickles, and more.
Construction is currently wrapping-up at 2031 S. Juniper Street, close to Broad and Snyder, where the community-owned grocery store will provide South Philly residents with one-stop shopping for fresh, local, sustainable food at affordable prices. The store will be open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm.
Ten years is a long time to wait for anything, and that's how long the first member-owners of the South Philly Food Co-op have been waiting for the dream of a community-owned grocery store to become a reality.