Organizations working to bring fresh produce to East Biloxi residents

Organizations working to bring fresh produce to East Biloxi residents
On August 31, the EBCC will host a healthy cooking demonstration at Back Bay Mission from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There, attendees will learn how make healthy meals from their fresh produce. (Photo source: WLOX)
On August 31, the EBCC will host a healthy cooking demonstration at Back Bay Mission from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There, attendees will learn how make healthy meals from their fresh produce. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Since Hurricane Katrina East Biloxi residents say they've had trouble accessing good, fresh foods. For those who feel hopeless, help is on the way.

"Some of the concerns that the residents bring up is the ability to afford fresh produce, their access to fresh produce in terms of we don't have a grocery store on the Eastern part of our community and that's where most of our elderly live," said Carmelita Scott with the East Biloxi Community Collaborative.

Scott said a project they're working on getting to the community is a mobile produce market.

"We do have a significant elderly population in East Biloxi, and we definitely know that they aren't going to be able to come out to a Farmer's Market or a major retail store, if we were to get that access. So we're trying to be creative and innovative as to how we bring healthy produce to our residents," she said.

"This is a project that's going to require a lot of forward research with the community. What the community needs, what the community wants, how far they're willing to and how much they're able to pay," Elizabeth Englebretson with Gulf Coast Community Design Studio said.

For Biloxi residents, they feel relieved knowing their community organizations care and are on their side to make their lives better.

"I think it'll be very beneficial. I think it's a very good idea and we would have the healthy food and produce in our area, versus driving ten miles or so to get it," Harriet Mitchell of Biloxi said.

On August 31, the EBCC will host a healthy cooking demonstration at Back Bay Mission from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There, attendees will learn how make healthy meals from their fresh produce.

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