Where can you find fresh foods that are good to eat and good for you too? If you live in the East Lake neighborhood of Birmingham, P.E.E.R. Inc. plays an important role through a farmer’s market and planned community kitchen.
A $67,000 grant from USDA expands the great work of the East Lake Farmers Market, which the Community Foundation has supported because of its work to help people lead healthy lives. According to P.E.E.R. founder and executive director Sally Allocca, the grant will make it possible to provide “better access to fresh, healthy foods for our neighbors all year round.”
With grant support, East Lake Community Kitchen is expected to open in 2012 as a culinary training program for unemployed community members and a source for healthy meals and frozen foods. A co-op market will continue to stock locally produced foods as well as P.E.E.R.’s jams and relishes, and a new mobile market truck will transport whole produce and healthy prepared snacks around the eastern area of Birmingham.
To find out more about how P.E.E.R. and other organizations work to help people lead healthy lives, one of the Results on which the Community Foundation focuses grants, contact Gus Heard-Hughes. To contribute to other efforts, choose that Result on our on-line giving service. Or contact Allocca directly.