“West Philadelphia Produce was built from the ground up, employing youth,” Woodall. “So the actual structure was built by 14-, 15-, 16-, 17-year-olds paired with skilled labor.”
Richard Goode says working at West Philadelphia Produce has pushed his life in the right direction.
“If it wasn’t for this program, I don’t know how I would have a job,” Goode said. “When you have a felony or something like, it’s hard for you to try and get a job.”
Woodall is now working with city leaders to put community hubs like his in other neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
“We’re recognized as the model for all undeserved communities across the country, because it’s the model that they see with youth included in the economics,” he said.
Richard hopes more of these community hubs can help more people like him.
“I came here, it brung me up,” he said. “I’m happy to work here. When I come here, I’m happy, you know?”
Woodall says West Philly Produce has relationships with Whole Foods, UPS and other companies to help get the community the goods and services they need.