If you search for “food swap” on Facebook, you’ll come up with groups that are swapping food all across the nation. Los Angeles, Tucson, Chicago, Tampa, Eugene, Portland, Nevada City, New Orleans, Philadelphia — these are just a few of the major cities that now have swapping groups, and dozens of smaller communities are getting in on the yummy act, too. There’s been quite a bit written about food swapping lately, and I thought I’d point you to some of those stories for your weekend reading.


  • Edible Boston magazine recently pointed out that food swapping is a new (old) trend. Food swapping is one way “people are trying out all kinds of things our ancestors would recognize, but suited to our contemporary social, technological and political circumstances.”
  • Along with several others from the Philadelphia/South Jersey region, I was interviewed for a piece in the Philadelphia Daily News on food swapping. One theme that ran throughout the piece was that in addition to being a great way to get great foods, food swaps are “a great place to meet new people and make friends.”
  • Food swapping is big on Pinterest, too. A quick search for the term “food swap” will find hundreds of pictures of foods brought to swaps all over the country. It’s a great source for ideas of what to take to a food swap.
  • And, here on MNN, we have instructions on how to host a food swap from promoting it to the actual trading of food.

Enjoy your weekend!


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Food swapping is sweeping the nation
It has been done for centuries, but for many, swapping homemade food is something new.