Our Partners

Many entities have collaborated to support the EAT Café. We are grateful for their partnership and guidance. 

If your organization is interested in partnering with EAT Café, please contact info@theeatcafe.org or the Center for Hunger-Free Communities Deputy Director, Victoria Egan, at 267-359-6236.

Lead Partners

The Center for Hunger-Free Communities (The Center)

The Center for Hunger-Free Communities (The Center), founded in 2004, is a community-engaged research, advocacy, service and policy center of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. The Center engages in multi-faceted research and action with the goal of developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.

Through the generous support of the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, in 2012, the Center began the planning process to develop the EAT Café. Since that time, the Center has worked to garner community input, build partnerships, secure a location and hire staff to bring the café to fruition.

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (HSM)

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management (HSM) of Drexel University educates students in hospitality management, culinary arts, food science, and sports management. Beyond their traditional academic programs lie special initiatives that engage both students and the community. Several outreach programs promote healthy eating practices through education and community assistance, with courses that connect Drexel students and surrounding community members. Additionally, The Drexel Food Lab acts as a reach group across disciplines that use recipe and product development to solve real world issues related to health and sustainability.

Under the directorship of Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, HSM became involved with the Café in the fall of 2013. HSM has provided consultation for hiring staff for the Café and assists in overseeing all Café workers, including co-op and practicum students.  HSM will be instrumental in expanding the café’s operations with the addition of culinary students attending food production coursework in the café and in jumpstarting the Café’s job training program slated for 2017. 

The Vetri Community Partnership

The Vetri Community Partnership was founded in 2008 by renowned chef Marc Vetri and business partner Jeff Benjamin to empower children and families through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. Today, its school lunch program, after-school programs, culinary arts training programs and summer programs serve more than 5,900 students at 45 schools. Partner school principals say its programs lead to improved school culture, higher attendance rates and healthier choices made every day of the week.

After seeing the documentary A Place at the Table, featuring Dr. Mariana Chilton and the Witnesses to Hunger program, Marc reached out to the Center for Hunger-Free Communities in Spring 2013 to learn more about its various programs. Since that time, Marc and Jeff have been close supporters of the Café, providing training for Café staff, consultation on Café design and construction, advice on menu design, and support with fundraising.

Supporting Partners

Ahold USA

Ahold USA is the parent company for Giant Food Stores in Pennsylvania. Ahold USA and the local Giant supermarket in Wynnewood, PA provide support for the EAT Café through the provisioning of produce, meat and other products. This partnership aims to reduce food waste and increase sustainability by recovering production-quality food from the supply chain.  


Greensgrow is a nationally recognized leader in urban farming and is open to the public year round. Greensgrow was instrumental in the initial planning for the café, working as a consultant to help the Center to connect with community members for the focus groups and identify the location for the café. Greensgrow also helped prepare the initial business plan for the EAT Café.

People’s Emergency Center (PEC)

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is community organization who offers affordable housing, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology coursework. PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights. PEC supports the EAT Café development as the host for the Cafe’s monthly Community Advisory Committee meetings.

Our Funders

The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation 

The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation seeks to end hunger and food insecurity in the five-county Philadelphia region and Indian River County, Florida. The Foundation makes grants to support activities that address hunger and food insecurity through direct service programs and/or advocacy efforts. 


The Francis Fund was a special fund in honor of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia. The Fund was used to meet concrete needs of people in the Philadelphia region and Camden who are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ own special compassion and concern for our poor sisters and brothers.