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,

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Local Food Builds Health, Community and Sustainability


PROVIDENCE — Seven weeks before the ceremonial ribbon cutting and months before the premises would be ready to host their businesses, the owners of the new building’s two restaurants whetted their appetite for local food with a visit to 404 Broad St.

Adena “Bean” Marcelino, the owner and operator of Black Beans PVD, and Darell Douglas and Giovanna Rodriguez, the owners of D’s Spot, roamed the construction-equipment lined halls and rooms of Southside Community Land Trust’s (SCLT) soon-to-be headquarters in wonderment. They couldn’t wait to get started in their new digs.

The three food-related businesses, including Luna Walker’s Lu’s Mini

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Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to

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Show was ‘opportunity to experience the arts, fun and fellowship’ | Local News

Daniel Dye, president of the Fuzion Teen Center board, expressed his excitement over having “more than teens, but their family, come see what the teens have been doing, creating a stronger awareness.”

During the event, attendees were invited to cast their vote for their favorite piece of art which would later receive the People’s Choice Award. At the end of the evening, after votes were tallied, Katelyn Grace Allen won the special award for her acrylic painting titled, “Field of Dreams.” Allen was presented with her prize of one of the Fintech Apparel gift packages of a shirt, hoodie and

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Church’s community garden is a resource of local, healthy food for residents

First Missionary Baptist Church’s garden is located near the church at the corner of West Jefferson Street and North Maple Street.

First Missionary Baptist Church in Stuttgart has established a community garden at the corner of West Jefferson Street and North Maple Street. Pastor Cedric Hawkins said the church first started the garden to benefit Stuttgart residents.

“The garden is something that the church got together and had some discussions about in terms of how we could make a positive impact on our community and the people we serve,” Hawkins said. “We have several members who really are passionate about

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Lone fast-food employee receives hundreds in tips from local strangers

ST. LOUIS– A local mother and Jimmy Johns employee has received about $800 in tips from strangers after an encounter with a customer earlier this week.

A customer, who is the admin of the Facebook group Date Ideas & Things to do in STL , got exceptional service from an employee who was filling orders by herself due to staffing shortages.

The customer encouraged other members of the Facebook group to send the employee, Candace Stroder, tips for her hard work as part of a tip challenge.

The customer said

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