If you've heard the term "food desert" — which denotes a highly populated residential area in which no fresh produce is sold within a one-mile radius — you may know that grocery access is a big problem in Washington, D.C. Half the residents of our nation's capital don't have access to healthy foods, according to D.C. Central Kitchen, the local nonprofit working to distribute "rescued" produce from restaurants and purveyors to schools, community centers and now, corner stores. These nutritional "dead ends" are improving from the inside out.
Delivering fruits and vegetables at below-market prices to 25 corner stores in some of D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods, DCCK's Healthy Corners initiative puts fresh ingredients and information on how to cook and eat them front and center, right by the door, directly in reach of those who need them most. The response? Overwhelmingly positive. More peppers, please! Know a store that could use a Healthy Corner? Now's the time. Check out the video below and see how the city's own residents are satisfying this urgent need.
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