SOUDERTON (WPVI) -- Philabundance and one of Philadelphia's most famous chefs have teamed up this season for the 6abc Food Holiday Drive to help those in need.
You may know the name Marc Vetri from his restaurants. But the Vetri family also has a charitable foundation that's bringing culinary to the curbside, teaching low income communities how to prepare healthy and affordable meals from scratch.
Tuesday afternoons, Philabundance sets up a free Fresh for All produce market in Souderton.
They dump a whole bunch more apples into pile for distribution, and the line of people snakes though the parking lot.
Ed Sitko, a semi-retired carpenter, comes every week.
And at the end of the line, he visits cooking instructor, Vetri Community Partnership Julia Harris.
It's a new partnership between Philabundance and the Vetri Community Partnership's Mobile Teaching Kitchen.
"It's so great. We come to 3 sites; we go to Upper Darby, Camden, and here in Souderton," Harris said.
Sitko said, "I love it. As a matter of fact I was here 2 weeks ago, and the recipes I got, I loved them."
It's so simple.
Her veggie fritters are made with cabbage and root vegetables and topped with unsweetened applesauce.
Jeannie Horst of Hatfield, Pa. is on a strict diet for health reasons. She says she would struggle without the free produce market.
"Pantries are good, you know, but it's a lot of starches, a lot of noodles," she said.
Last year, Philabundance gave out more than 1 and a half million pounds of produce to families in need.
"We're all trying to eat healthier and more basic. So it's important to take care of yourself," Horst said.
Philabundance is focusing increasingly on fresh nutritious foods that are low in sugar and salt.
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