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Solving Hunger, Growing Roots
This is a series exploring community-centric ideas for helping people get access to fresh fruits and vegetables and creating sustainable communities. The series will explore 6 different ideas in short ten-minute web documentaries. The first in the series, One Can a Week, can be viewed here. The second in the series is called Market on the Move. You can read more about it below. We are raising $30,000 for the next three videos in our series. Please make a donation to our campaign today!
Market on the Move
The poor in our country do not have adequate access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Communities with high rates of poverty are sometimes called “food deserts.” Market on the Move is a story about helping the food deserts of Nogales, Tucson, and Phoenix bloom. A few enterprising volunteers and food bank organizers came together to build a program that would “rescue” the millions of pounds of produce that are thrown away every year; before it even reaches the grocery store.
Our documentary follows Lan, Estrella, and Ethel, three individuals who rescue the fresh produce. We also follow the trucks that distribute the food across Arizona and the individuals who now have access to fruits and vegetables for their families. Because of Market on the Move, children experience eggplant and fresh tomatoes for the first time and their parents have the security in knowing that dinner is on the table. What started with fliers posted on telephone polls around Tucson is now an organized machine that supplies produce to 22 mobile markets every season. This is not just the story of food rescue and how it can benefit impoverished communities. It’s the story of how a good idea is realized, without any real plan or resources; but only the hard work and connectivity of three individuals.
One Can a Week
Three years ago, Peter Norback asked his neighbors if they would leave one can a week on their front porch for the Community Foodbank. Today, Peter’s program has been wildly successful and imitated in many communities across America. Neighbors helping neighbors. It sounds simple but his model is more than that. It could be a revolutionary way to feed our Nation’s hungry.