This principle and symbol of Sankofa have guided WEHDC and its partners in its work to address modern health, financial and community challenges through increased access to the healthy foods that are traditional to the West End’s ethnically diverse community

In 2011, resident demand around healthy food access in the West End, spearheaded the formation of  WEHDC’s  Sankofa  Initiative. Many residents, especially those of African and Southeast Asian backgrounds, reported that they were unable to find fresh, affordable food that was reflective of their native diets.  Sankofa builds community around food and culture in  Providence’s diverse West End community. Through the development of the projects below, the Sankofa Initiative aims to build community around food and culture in Providence’s diverse West End community. is transforming the West End into an innovative center for agriculture, economic development and housing with a special  eye towards promoting, celebrating and supporting the neighborhoods rich cultural identity.Sankofa builds community around food and culture in Providence’s diverse West End community.

Sankofa Mission

Sankofa transforms blighted properties, provides affordable, convenient, culturally appropriate, fresh, healthy, and locally produced food, expands economic opportunities, and encourages West End residents to meaningfully connect by fostering cultivation of land, lives, and community.

Sankofa World Market

Sankofa World Market (WEHDC’s farmer’s market) is a weekly celebration of food, community and culture of the West End. Sankofa World Market offers fresh, locally grown produce, prepared food, hand-made goods, weekly live music, cooking demonstrations, and more. Sankofa Market highlights specialty crops from our diverse mix of growers such as; bitter ball, bitter melon, sweet potato greens, bitter leaf, luffa, Asian corn, amaranth, water spinach, long beans, melons, and much more. Shoppers at Sankofa World Market can use their SNAP/EBT and WIC to purchase fresh produce. 

WHEN and WHERE?

Knight Memorial Library
275 Elmwood Ave Providence, RI

Every Wednesday July – October  2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Want to be a Sankofa World Market vendor?

Email sankofamarket@westelmwood.org

Sankofa Gardens

Sankofa Community Garden includes 30,000 square feet of garden space on formerly blighted properties throughout Providence’s West End. These community gardens provide space for low-income residents of Providence, RI to grow food that will improve their nutrition and incomes. One community garden is adjacent to Sankofa Housing, giving tenants first priority on garden beds. In addition to community gardens, there is also 9,000 sq ft Market Grower Space, and the Sankofa Community Greenhouse.

Sankofa Community Kitchen

The Sankofa Community Kitchen, adjacent to the Sankofa Community Room, will provide a critical resource for Sankofa residents and the broader West End neighborhood. While Sankofa Farm addresses health disparities, Sankofa Kitchen will provide a platform to address the economic development disparities in our community.

The key objectives of the Sankofa Community Kitchen:

  • Offer opportunities for new entrants in the food service marketplace to incubate start-up enterprises and develop skills to ensure ongoing viability
  • To the extent possible, share space with residents and the community
  • Provide classes in nutrition and cooking

Our Current Sankofa Kitchen Members

KRAEV

Chef René Sanchez started KRAEV with the goal of providing people with comforting Tex-Mex food and experiences. With authentic hand-made flour tortillas KRAEV brings unique quality to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Through tortilla making workshops chef René teaches the art of the roll to share this signature staple of Texas and his childhood with everyone. KRAEV is currently focused on catering, pop- up events, tortillas workshops, and is in the process of operating RI’s first electric bike taco cart that will be serving hot breakfast tacos throughout the streets. You can learn more at kraevbreakfast.com

Distinguish Catering

Aspiring to be an entrepreneur at a young age, Jessica pursued her passion at the age of 22. She is a Johnson & Wales graduate in Food Service Management/ Entrepreneurship. Born in the United States, she is the first generation back in America with her parents originating from Monrovia, Liberia. She developed cooking skills and techniques through her heritage and aspired to create a new avenue. The food she prepares is referred to as Afrocentric Soul food, which is derived from ingredients based from Liberia, with a southern soul food edge. She expands the edge by applying her culinary techniques to add a gourmet experience.

Sankofa WIC

What is WIC?

WIC is a health program that offers nutrition advice and provides checks for health foods to Rhode Island families who qualify.

WIC serves: 

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • New moms
  • Babies and children up to age 5

How does WIC help pregnant women? 

WIC helps pregnant women be as healthy as possible during pregnancy, resulting in healthier babies. Pregnant women who participate in WIC

  • Receive checks for healthy foods to support good nutrition during pregnancy
  • Have babies with healthier weights
  • Receive breastfeeding advice, making it easier to breastfeed their infants.

What does WIC help provide to help parents keep their children healthy?

  • Nutrition advice
  • Referrals to doctors, dentists, day care providers, and other services
  • Checks to buy healthy food at local stores and farmers’ markets

WIC also provides services for fathers, grandparents, or foster parents with young children

Make an appointment by calling 401-453-3220 ext 100 or come to 224 Dexter street during our WIC hours: 

Tuesday: 9 am- 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 9 am – 4:30pm

Thursday: 12 pm- 8 pm

Friday: 9 am- 4:30pm

For more questions about the Sankofa WIC program, contact our Sankofa WIC coordinator