Food Insecurity, Food Policy, Homelessness, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force Update

Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force members

In a recent post I called for more attention to be brought to Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter’s Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force Report. This weekend I got what I wished for.

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Jennifer Lin reported on the fact that Mayor Nutter and outdoor food serving groups came to an agreement about the ban on outdoor serving of food. The two former adversaries agreed to put the litigation aside in order to focus on a long-term solution to end food insecurity and chronic homelessness in Philadelphia.

In a similar article, CBS reporter, Cherri Gregg also reported on the compromise. The Task Force’s recommendation to establish a neutral space that different food serving groups could utilize in order to increase capacity to serve was highlighted by Mayor Nutter’s press secretary, Mark McDonald.