One of my favorite summer weekend activities is to bike over to one of our local farmers markets to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the week. However, not everyone has that luxury. Some of the most recent data for my city, Chicago, indicates that over 383,954 Chicagoans still live in a food desert, over 124,000 of those are children. This means they have little to no access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables within walking distance of their home. Instead, they have to rely on the limited produce available in their local corner stores or gas stations. Unfortunately, Chicago isn’t the only large city in the US which still has food deserts.
This week, I am collaborating with Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave in their #DrinkGoodDoGood campaign. Wholesome Wave is a non-profit organization committed to making fresh produce accessible and affordable to everyone. They collaborate with local organizations to implement nutrition assistance programs at farmers markets, community centers, hospitals, and food hubs. Any organization that is not only helping people eat more fruits and vegetables, but also supporting local agriculture is one that makes my dietitian heart sing!
You too can join in the campaign to Drink Good, Do Good! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself holding a fruit or vegetable like I did above and post it to one of your social media accounts. Use #drinkgooddogood in the post and they’ll donate 10 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to Wholesome Wave to help eliminate food deserts! Their goal is to donate up to 500,000 lbs of food so let’s work together to make sure they reach their target. I’d love to see your photos so tag me as well if you share: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
This post was sponsored by Naked Juice in collaboration with Wholesome Wave. However, all opinions shared above are my own. I only include blog sponsors that I personally support and feel great encouraging other to do the same.