I haven’t done a whole lot of research into the religious organization behind this initiative to deliver fresh produce to the residents of inner city Detroit, but I’m really intrigued by today’s Associate Press article on Peaches & Greens. That’s what it’s called. And here’s a clip:
…In a neighborhood served by 26 liquor stores but only one grocery, a community group is peddling fresh fruits and vegetables like ice cream.
Five days a week, the Peaches & Greens truck winds its way through the streets as a loudspeaker plays R&B and puts out the call: “Nutritious, delicious. Brought right to you. We have green and red tomatoes, white and sweet potatoes. We have greens, corn on the cob and cabbage, too.”
The truck set up like a small market brings affordable produce to families on public assistance, homebound seniors and others who can’t reach the well-stocked grocery chains in the suburbs.
Experts call Detroit a food desert: More than half of its residents must travel at least twice as far to reach the nearest grocery store as they do to a fast-food restaurant or convenience store, according to a study by Chicago-based Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group. Many shop at liquor stores and corner markets that carry few, if any, fresh fruits and vegetables…
Apparently, it’s all the doing of a faith-based group called Central Detroit Christian, that, in addition to operating the produce truck, and a market at 8838 Third Avenue, administers youth and family programming, conducts job training workshops, and creates affordable housing in the city. (According to an article in the Michigan Citizen, so far they have renovated 18 homes and built 9 new ones with the intention of selling them to individuals with low and moderate-incomes.)