Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CAUSES Partners with Arcadia Mobile Market

By Arielle Gerstein

CAUSES and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture have partnered to provide DC residents with two new mobile market locations at the St. Elizabeth’s Campus and Providence Hospital. These are now official UDC sites; ideally, Arcadia will establish the business environment and UDC will seek grant funding to later to establish a permanent presence at the locations.

These markets will run until September 30, 2014, and will focus on bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to some of DC’s most underserved residents who have little access to healthy food options. These markets also accept federal food assistance benefits and provide the public with cooking demonstrations so they feel comfortable purchasing unfamiliar ingredients.  

The location of these mobile markets, Wards 5 and 8, combined have a total of 10 full-service grocery stores compared to the wealthier Wards, 2 and 3, that have a combined total of 16. This lack of access and knowledge about healthy eating leads to higher rates of cardiovascular problems, obesity and diabetes, all issues that plague the District. 

The new market stops and dates are:

St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SEWashington, DC 20032
Thursdays: 10 AM to 1 PM

Providence Hospital1150 Varnum Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Fridays: 11 AM to 2 PM

The funding source for this project is the USDA ‘Two Food Deserts’ grant, initially under the authority of Dr. Calvin Lewis. CAUSES is excited to continue spreading the word about healthy eating! For more information, contact

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