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WBRP announces a new Healthy Eating Program!

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.

It is a program requirement that families must be low-income and live on the Westside. The Westside is considered the area from Locust to Oakland and Roosevelt to Euclid/Stillwell/White Oak (see map).

This program is provided through a grant from the John M Scott Health Commission to better understand the support families need in order to eat healthy. In addition to receiving the veggie box and/or grocery delivery, families are invited to participate in a research project about healthy eating and cooking habits that includes surveys and a focus group. Research participation is voluntary.

Participation in this research project is voluntary; you can still receive the veggie box and/or grocery delivery without completing the surveys or participating in the focus group.

To begin the application, please complete the initial survey by March 27, 2020. Paper surveys can be completed at the office or mailed to the office. Electronic copies are available online.

The forty spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Once your survey is submitted, a WBRP volunteer will contact you to complete the program paperwork.

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

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