Urban Food

The Neighborhood Health and Nutrition Project (NHNP) will officially be launched in August 2013. La Salle University and Fresh Grocer have come together to help bring fresh produce and knowledge about the benefits of healthy eating and living in the city. Access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited in some parts of the city and the prices of these healthy products are not reasonable for most of the families struggling to get by. My English 402 class and I  are conducting research around the area to see what we find in regards to access to nutritious products.Shown below are a few pictures showing what grocery stores and fast food places have to offer the community.

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(Church’s Chicken on Broad and Erie)

This photo was shot on January 28, 2013 at the corner of Broad and Erie. Basically on every street corner there is a fast food restaurant. This picture was taken during the afternoon and the restaurant was full. The prices seem reasonable for the people who otherwise would not have time or the money to make something at home. This seems like a go-to alternative for most families in the city, because not only is the food enjoyable but the price is right.

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(Produce section at Shop N’ Bag on Broad and Blavis)

There looks like there are plenty of fresh vegetables in this store, but the question is are the vegetables presented really fresh? That is another issue that is raised concerning urban food.

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(Wilson’s market on Broad and Olney)

I did not get a chance to go inside this store, but from the outside. However, it shows that it offers a variety of food. They sell everything from seafood to hoagies. This tiny stores does not look like a place that someone would spend time in looking for nutritious and beneficial options for their family’s dinners. Wilson’s Market looks like mostly a one-stop shop for lunch or maybe even an apple if you crave the taste.

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2 thoughts on “Urban Food

  1. I really like your quote. Michael Pollan is a great writer, and his philosphy on food is very relevent to La Salle’s NHNP. I also think your first blog post is well done. I like how you bring up some of the concerns that are raised with urban eating, like the availibility of fresh produce, the abundance of fast food places, and the economic issues inherent in providing low-income neighborhoods with healthy alternatives. Consider creating an about page. Include just a short description of yourself, ENG 402, and the NHNP.

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