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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Making Fresh Foods Accessible to All, from Germantown to Camden

Making Fresh Foods Accessible to All, from Germantown to Camden

Kelly Zhang '19 wanted to spend her summer helping the community while exploring issues in public health—a field she may want to pursue in college and as a future career. Her interest in food access and insecurity led her to an internship with The Food Trust and a lasting appreciation for the impact of nutrition on the health of underserved communities.

Kelly Zhang '19 wanted to spend her summer helping the community while exploring issues in public health—a field she may want to pursue in college and as a future career. Her interest in food access and insecurity led her to an internship with The Food Trust and a lasting appreciation for the impact of nutrition on the health of underserved communities.
 
During her internship, Kelly had the opportunity to help launch a farmer’s market at Market Square Park, a previously underutilized neighborhood park and public space in Germantown. The Germantown and School House Farmers Market—a new venue to get delicious and fresh food locally—was developed in collaboration with Germantown United CDC and Weavers Way Co-op. It offers food from Ashbell's Smokehouse Deli, Zookie's Produce, and Weavers Way, plus community resources, music and entertainment by Germantown United CDC, and guest appearances throughout the season by the many historic gardens and urban farms of Germantown.


 
In addition to serving on the farmers market team, Kelly also supported outreach initiatives. She attended court hearings and community meetings to advocate for healthier options in schools and programs to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible. She supported youth education programs in both Camden and Philadelphia, including The Food Trust’s PEACH (People Eating and Cooking Healthy) program, which brings nutrition education into more than 150 schools and outside-of-school programs. She also worked on the organization’s Healthy You, Positive Energy (HYPE) campaign, which supports youth councils in 70 middle and high schools that advocate for access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.
 
One of Kelly’s most memorable activities was volunteering at a senior center in North Philadelphia. She helped coordinate a nearby farmers market, allowing seniors to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables through their Access cards. Kelly helped market and track this program, and enjoyed meeting the residents.
 
“All of my experiences with The Food Trust opened my eyes to different challenges people face regarding food disparity, from language and financial barriers to lack of stores with healthy options. My experience also showed me how much progress has been made to help remedy the problem,” Kelly said. “Healthy food should not be a privilege.”
 
“Interns like Kelly are critical to The Food Trust’s ability to make an impact on a neighborhood level,” says Katy Wich, Senior Associate at The Food Trust. “With our boots on the ground in the communities we serve, we can teach families how to shop smart and cook great food on a budget, then point them to retailers—including our farmers markets—where they can find high quality produce.”

A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that—for the first time in decades—the obesity rates among Philadelphia school children decreased by 5 percent between 2006 and 2010. The work of The Food Trust, and efforts by interested community members and volunteers like Kelly, are making a difference.

There is still time to visit The Food Trust’s Germantown & School House Farmers Market in Market Square Park each Thursday in October from 3-7 p.m.