Gallery: Fresh Bodegas Initiative Provides Healthy Local Produce for NY...

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Although stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have helped to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle to the masses, the unfortunate reality is that often times, these stores are out of reach for lower income residents and communities. But thanks to a new program by GrowNYC, in collaboration with Red Jacket Orchards, the typical bodega fare will now be more healthier. The initiative, Fresh Bodegas, aims to regularly deliver fresh produce and products from the Wholesale Greenmarket and Red Jacket’s farm to bodegas all over the city. Four bodegas in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn are piloting the new program this summer.

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  1. Charli June 2, 2011 at 10:02 am
    It's not going to do much but sit there and rot if it doesn't go hand-in-hand with an education campaign. Low income residents aren't unhealthy because they lack access to fruits and vegetables, they're unhealthy because they choose to eat low quality fast food.
  2. Stephe June 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    Great initiative to get fresh local produce into less advantaged neighborhoods. We're working on a sustainable food directory to help people find these sorts of places. Check it out at