Net Impact Temple-Second Annual Fair Foods Fair
Net Impact Temple will be hosting the Second Annual Fair Foods Fair on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Temple University, Alter Hall (1801 Liacouras Walk), Philadelphia, PA 19122. We first came up with the idea for this fun event last year as we had many speakers from the Sustainable food world come to speak to us. We realized how many fantastic restaurants, co-ops, initiatives, and programs regarding food exist in the Philadelphia area and wanted to introduce the importance of these companies to our student body. This conference is set up in an open hall where students and faculty can walk around and talk to the different "vendors" about their missions and visions and also gives them a chance to try out some of the foods on their menu! Last year we invited 20 different companies varying from bakeries to ice cream shops to urban gardens to grocery stores to food trucks and so on.
The goal of this event was to educate students on how important sustainable food is and how it is beneficial for the Philadelphia community as a whole. We also used this as an opportunity to drive traffic and interest to these fantastic businesses in the area.
A great success that we pride ourselves on for this event is that the event allowed students to network with students, students to network with businesses, and businesses to network with businesses. Multiple students ended up finding jobs at this event and many businesses created new business partners through networking with other businesses that attended our event. An example of this is with the Rad Dish Cafe, a newly opened student run co-op on Temple University's campus. They attended this event last year and met a woman representing Wildflour Bakery located in Philadelphia. From there, they developed a business relationship and currently the Rad Dish Cafe sources a large portion of the baked goods they sell from the Wildflour bakery. The event was a success all around and helps shorten the gap between the consumers (students) and the sellers (each business) and the suppliers (all the businesses for each other). We at Net Impact Temple are thrilled to be apart of fostering socially responsible business in the Philadelphia area and encouraging students to get more involved in the sustainable and socially responsible business community.