City Gardens Are Taking over Chicago Streets

Posted on Sep 26 2019 - 7:44am by UOG

On his way home, Darnell Eleby paused before boarding the commuter train in Atlanta’s Five Points station and maneuvered his wheelchair to a stop not seen on many mass transit platforms: a fresh food stand stocked with colorful fruits and vegetables from city gardens that are adding some color to the Chicago streets.

Aided by a volunteer, he filled a basket with bananas, apples, corn, and squash and paid with a health program voucher.

“It helps you out when you can’t get to the store,” Eleby said.

In Chicago, nonprofit groups have opened health clinics where staff provide patients with nutrition education and free coupons to area farmers’ markets replete with healthy foods.


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