By: Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01)
When Tom Wingert started the Germantown Hunger Network, he did not think much of it. In fact, he almost wanted to shove it to the side in lieu of other projects. It was not until a WHYY Newsworks article was published that he realized just how much it could help people in Germantown.
He and his team decided to work to get Philadelphia nonprofits to try to work together and network to ensure that people in the area got the food they needed in what was one of the worst food deserts in the city. He collaborated with close to 50 organizations that do close to the same thing to be more efficient and effective.
Though he is leaving the network, and La Salle University for a program called Ignite-good, which trains leaders in the nonprofit world, the Exploring Nutrition program is still very active. Wingert plans on traveling to 20 different cities from around the country to explore the same problems in the social sector. The program is an under program of the Huffington Post.
His experiences can most definitely help with this blog. The networks that he established can be used, dropping his name of course, to get better and more hard hitting answers and results. His connections with the various organizations can help make getting interviews easier for our entire class.
Another interesting thing that he touched on was the relationship with the Fresh Grocer. This is very interesting, and something worth looking into. What does La Salle and the Exploring Nutrition program have invested in the Fresh Grocer, and what is their motive.
The relationship could be a very fruitful one if the right balance was struck between the two, if that is possible. They have the ability to help the Germantown area in a way that could ripple around the city and set a standard for access to nutritious foods.
Tom can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.