Healthy Eating Program

● Food & Gardening ●

The West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP) wants Westside families to eat more fresh produce and be healthy. The Westside has been called a “Food Desert” because residents face challenges getting to and from grocery stores that carry healthy food options.

 

The WBRP secured a grant to give forty eligible Westside families:

 

  • A free box of fresh, organic vegetables from PrairiErth Farm every week through the 2020 Farmers’ Market season (mid-May through mid-October).

 

  • Free grocery delivery from Wal-Mart for one year (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021).

Families can participate in one or both programs.

What's in the Free Veggie Box?

  • The Free Veggie Box contains fresh organic vegetables from PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, IL

  • This box is part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program where participants get a pre-packaged box of the freshest vegetables from the farm each week for the season

  • Recipes will be included with every box

  • There will be a “Share Table” at pick up and you may take vegetables from the “Share Table” or leave any items from your box that you do not wish to take home

  • The box MUST be picked up on Tuesdays between 6-8pm at the WBRP office (724 W Washington). When a box is not picked up, it will be surrendered. It cannot be held past 8pm.

  • If a family misses three pick-ups, they can no longer be part of the program.

  • Others can pick up the box if given permission for them to do so in advance

  • The Free Veggie Box runs from mid-May to mid-October 2020

How Does the Free Grocery Delivery Work?

  • The WBRP will pay for free delivery from Wal-Mart for one year from April 2020 – March 2021

  • The WBRP is providing free delivery service, NOT free groceries. Families are responsible for paying for their own groceries.

  • Families must follow the rules for free delivery as outlined in Wal-Mart’s agreement

  • Grocery orders must be at least $30 to be delivered for free

  • Families may pick the date and time of their delivery

What Else Comes with the Healthy Eating Program?

  • The Facebook Group WBRP Healthy Eating Program is open to all families

  • The WBRP maintains community gardens and offers workshops on growing your own food 

  • Community partners provide health outreach programs during Free Veggie Box pick up

What is involved in the Research Program?

  • The WBRP wants to better understand how to help families eat healthy and be healthy

  • There are surveys at the beginning, middle, and end of the program 

  • There is one focus group option during the program

  • The research program is optional and families can get involved or opt out at any time

  • Participants will receive a copy of the report on research results

How Do I Sign Up?

 
  • Fill out the participation survey to get started

  • A WBRP volunteer will follow up via email/phone to complete the enrollment process

  • Once all forty spots are filled, a wait list will start

  • Families MUST live on the Westside and must be low-income

Contact Us

Stop by the WBRP on Saturday, March 14 from 9am – Noon to talk with Jesi or Tera about the program.  You can also email Food@WestBloomington.org, call the WBRP office at 309-829-1200, or stop by during office hours. Thank you!

LOCATION

724 W. Washington St

Bloomington, IL 61701

CONTACT  US

Telephone: (309) 829-1200

Email: info@westbloomington.org

HOURS 

Tuesday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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