South Providence healthy food hub aims to tackle local food insecurity

South Providence healthy food hub aims to tackle local food insecurity

PROVIDENCE — A new healthy food hub in South Providence will bring fresh produce to a community with limited options. 

On Friday, elected officials joined local leaders to unveil the 12,000-square-foot facility run by the Southside Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization founded more than 40 years ago to establish the first community garden in the area.

The expansive building at 404 Broad St. will house two restaurants, a small grocer offering produce and African foods and a farm-to-market center where farmers from Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Cranston can bring their crops.

Margaret DeVos, the land trust’s executive director, explained that some farmers come to the organization “with incredible knowledge about agriculture but without connections, without capital, maybe without literacy, maybe without English language skills.” Now, they will have one more place to sell their fruits and vegetables, not only to individual consumers but to stores.