Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Moveable Feast of Healthy Food launches tour today in North Lawndale

Think of it as a really big, motorized camel, bringing rescue to the middle of the dessert.

In this case, we're talking about Chicago's food deserts. And the camel? It's an outdated bus, donated by the CTA . . .
to serve as a one-aisle mobile grocery store serving some of the many food desert areas within the city (swaths of the city with little or no access to fresh foods and grocery stores) . . . access to such foods has been statistically linked with higher cases of diet related diseases, diabetes, heart disease, and even premature death. Food Desert Action's plan was to find a simple way to create a system that would readily, and quickly, fill these voids in the urban fabric of the city. The solution, we feel, to be an elegant answer to the city's crisis.
The Fresh Moves Mobile Market, a collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, who designed the retrofit of the bus, and EPIC, which pairs creative professionals with non-profits, kicks off what is scheduled to be a six week run today, Wednesday, May 25th, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lawndale Christian Health Center, 3860 W. Ogden, 12 to 2 p.m., at Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, 4041 W. Roosevelt, and 3 to 5:00 p.m., at Green Youth Farm, 3555 W. Ogden. Tomorrow, Thursday the 26th, from 11 a.m. to 2 the market will be t the Herbert Spencer Technology Academy, 214 N. Lavergne, and from 3 to 5 p.m., at Bethel New Life, Division and Lavergne. Check out the website for future appearances.

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