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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Community Efforts to Fight Food Deserts

I’d like to talk about an organization that is doing work that is close to my heart, Prosper Rochester. I have worked with the City administration to identify local food deserts within our community. A food desert is a district with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Instead of such stores, these districts often contain fast food restaurants or convenience stores.

Prosper Rochester, Inc. is a program that is currently housed under the Sector 4 Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation that has worked for many years to improve the economic health of the SouthWest community. Prosper Rochester is establishing a fresh produce store –The Seedfolk Store – at 540 W. Main St., in an area that is known as a food desert.

All staff helping operate The Seedfolk Store are volunteers. Prosper Rochester also works with neighbors who want to establish their own vegetable gardens, helps to transform vacant lots into attractive community spaces, and will provide intergenerational art and music programming.

Please consider helping this worthy cause. They are currently in need of the following items:

 

Storefront:

Commercial refrigerator (no wider than 2’ 9”)
Web-based security system
Programmable cash register
Commercial kitchen utensils
Folding card tables (4)
Sturdy stackable chairs (20)
Shelving
Portable air conditioners (2)
Portable fans (2)
Large ceiling fan
Wi-fi
Laptop
Sandwich boards (2)
Screen doors (2)
Patio chairs & tables

 Urban Agriculture:

Vegetable & fruit plants
Small bushes & trees
Sturdy trellises
Gardening tools
Gardening gloves
Seeds – all kinds
A gardening wheelbarrow
Wagons to deliver produce
Potting soil

 

Please consider helping this great community initiative. Tax Deductible Donations can be made to:

Sector 4 Community
Development Corporation

You can mail checks to 89 Genesee St Rochester, NY 14611 with a memo noting your donation preference ProsperRochester, Inc.

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