Weavers Way's Marketplace Program is an innovative partnership between the Co-op and area schools that initiates and oversees school-based food co-ops in which students buy healthy, locally-produced products from Weavers Way Co-op at cost, then package, price and sell them to their fellow students and teachers. Each year, over one hundred students participate directly, exposing thousands of their fellow students to delicious and nutritious snacks.
The students who run the Marketplace gain useful experience and learn about business, nutrition, and the importance of locally produced food. At the end of the school year, the students donate their earnings to support causes in the community and around the world. In past years, the students have selected beneficiaries from a list of causes that include the Red Cross, the Cancer Society, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the African Children’s Fund, AIDS, Philabundance, and the HEIFER project. For the 2006-2007 schoolyear alone, students raised over $4,000 and donated it to causes like Heifer International, PSI – P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, Weavers Way Farm, Project H.O.M.E. and Save the Children.